The Monk of Mokha

The Monk of Mokha

Large Print - 2018 | First large print edition
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The true story of a young Yemeni-American man, raised in San Francisco, who dreams of resurrecting the ancient art of Yemeni coffee but finds himself trapped in Sana'a by civil war. A heart-pounding true story that weaves together the history of coffee, the ongoing Yemeni civil war, and the courageous journey of a young man - a Muslim and a US citizen - following the most American of dreams.
Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, [2018]
Edition: First large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780525595380
Branch Call Number: x Large Print Coll
Characteristics: 404 pages (large print) : map ; 24 cm
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Jun 13, 2019

For those who love coffee and don’t know much about its history and how it’s produced are good reasons to read this story. This is a beautiful and inspiring immigrant story about the tenacity of a dreamer who has a deep cultural need to prove the value of his family’s homeland coffee farmers and brings their historical product to his family’s new country. Despite continual barriers in both countries and the horrific unpredictable life-threatening situations in Yemen, Mokhtar Alkhanshali’s focus is never lost. Written like a novel, this is a good choice for a book group discussion.

Jun 10, 2019


Nov 18, 2018

Very good!

Oct 30, 2018

As a coffee lover I enjoyed learning about the origin of Yemeni coffee. I was very impressed and astounded by the dedication and personal sacrifice that Mokhtar went through to help bring Yemeni coffee to the US and to help Yemeni coffee farmers in Yemen. It is astounding that he is and was able to do so. I am also happy to know that Dave Eggers again is doing something to help the people of Yemen through book sales and the Mokha Foundation. A great read.

May 31, 2018

I found this book captivating. For a guy who grew up in a Yemeni family in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco to go back to his roots to become a coffee importer -- it's an improbable story and one of a kind. Add to that his absolutely horrible timing: right when the war breaks out. I'm so glad he survived to tell the tale.

May 02, 2018

Well-written and readable, this account of a Yemani American and his quest to market Yeman coffee hard to put down. All I knew about Yeman is based on the news…and that’s not good. How after going through all he did, all the dangers all the red tape and dealing with farmers, I want to go find some of Mokhtar Alkhanshali’s coffee.

KaiteS_KCMO Apr 20, 2018

Dave Eggers' unaffected, yet cinematic, style of telling a story will have reader/listeners breathlessly following the young, eventful life of Mokhtar. The American-born son of Yemeni immigrants, Mokhtar realized a passion for coffee and his homeland in his early twenties. This story is engaging on the page, thanks to Eggers' ability to skillfully spin a yarn about business, war, and coming-of-age. It is gripping when told in the voice of Dion Graham, a multi-award winning narrator. You won't wish you had those 8 hours back after listening to this book. You'll wish you could hop on a plane to San Francisco and find Mokhtar for a friendly chat over a cup of coffee.

Mar 26, 2018

Eggers takes the reader on an unusual and intriguing journey of a young wanna be coffee trader hoping to bring Yemen back as the original inventors of coffee. I loved the can do attitude of Moshka and the almost insane ability to escape, closely, from the civil war in Yemen to see him return to his beginnings in San Fransisco where he started as a "doorman" otherwise called the Lobby Ambassador. In one rare escape Eggers writes " His first experience with any watercraft was going to be in a tiny skiff leaving Yemen in the middle of a civil war....They were carrying the first coffee to leave the port of Mokha in eighty years." I love coffee but this book takes it to a level unheard of.

Feb 28, 2018

I like Dave Eggers, and I liked this book. It tells a compelling tale about a Yemeni-American man in search of a life-goal who becomes convinced that he has a mission to bring Yemeni coffee back into prominence in the world. Along the way, we learn a good deal about the history of the coffee market, the beans, how they are processed, and life in America for a man with strong Yemeni ties and Islamic faith, and life in Yemen as it begins to devolve into sectarian violence. It's a story of survival by luck and quick wits, and has an uplifting ending. In some ways, this happy ending story is one to combat the negative, hate-filled speech we hear about immigrants every day in this country. The hero in this story is someone I would like to meet some day, and Dave Eggers calls him his "brother." The love Eggers has for his protagonist is real and obvious.


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