The Monk of Mokha

By Dave Eggers
Read by Dion Graham

unabridged

Format: CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9780735205772

  • ISBN: 9780735205772

Runtime: 8.31 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

A New York Times bestseller

An Amazon Best Book of the Month

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“A gripping, triumphant adventure” (Los Angeles Times) from bestselling author Dave Eggers, the incredible 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.

Mokhtar Alkhanshali is twenty-four and working as a doorman when he discovers the astonishing history of coffee and Yemen’s central place in it. He leaves San Francisco and travels deep into his ancestral homeland to tour terraced farms high in the country’s rugged mountains and meet beleaguered but determined farmers. But when war engulfs the country and Saudi bombs rain down, Mokhtar has to find a way out of Yemen without sacrificing his dreams or abandoning his people.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

The Monk of Mokha is not merely about ‘coming to America,’ it is a thrilling chronicle of one man’s coming-and-going between two beloved homelands—a brilliant mirror on the global community we have become. Marie Arana, author of American Chica and Bolivar: American Liberator
A vibrant depiction of courage and passion, interwoven with a detailed history of Yemeni coffee and a timely exploration of Muslim American identity. David Canfield, Entertainment Weekly
This American coming of age story reminds us all of how much our country is enriched by all who call it home. Dalia Mogahed, author of Who Speaks For Islam?: What a Billion Muslims Really Think
Here’s a story for our time: filled with ethos and pathos. You’ll laugh, cry, and discover worlds unknown to most. From scamming in the Tenderloin to dodging bombs in Yemen, Mokhtar and Eggers take us on a worthwhile ride through the postmodern topography of our times. Hamza Hanson Yusuf “Like many great works, Eggers’ book is multifaceted. It combines, in a single moving narrative, history, politics, biography, psychology, adventure, drama, despair, hope, triumph and the irrepressible, indomitable nature of the human spirit –at its best.
In telling Mokhtar’s story with such clarity, honesty, and humor, Eggers allows readers to consider Yemen and Yemenis – long invisible, side-lined, or maligned in the American imagination – in their wonderful and complicated fullness. Alia Malek, author of The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria  and A Country Called Amreeka: Arab Roots, American Stories 
“A heady brew… Plainspoken but grippingDives deep into a crisis but delivers a jolt of uplift as well. Mark Athitakis, USA Today 
“Remarkable… offers hope in the age of Trump… Ends as a kind of breathless thriller as Mokhtar braves militia roadblocks, kidnappings and multiple mortal dangers. Tim Adams, The Guardian
Exquisitely interesting… This is about the human capacity to dream—here, there, everywhere. Gabriel Thompson, San Francisco Chronicle  
A cracking tale of intrigue and bravery… A gripping, triumphant adventure story. Paul Constant, Los Angeles Times
"I wish someone had asked me to blurb The Monk of Mokha so I could have said, 'I couldn’t put it down,' because I couldn’t put it down. Ann Patchett, Parnassas Bookstore blog
A true account of a scrappy underdog, told in a lively, accessible style... Absolutely as gripping and cinematically dramatic as any fictional cliffhanger. Michael Lindgren, The Washington Post
“Dion Graham narrates this stirring audiobook splendidly. His narration shapes the mind and spirit of Mokhtar Alkhanshali…Graham delivers a fine reading of his harrowing experiences…Graham’s performance brings the two worlds of San Francisco’s specialty coffee scene and civil war-torn Yemen together as the story charts the course of the intrepid hero…A remarkable audiobook. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Dave Eggers

Dave Eggers won the 2009 Literarian Award from the National Book Foundation. He is the author of What Is the What, among other books. He is the editor for McSweeney’s, an independent publishing house in San Francisco, and is the cofounder of 826 National, a network of nonprofit writing and tutoring centers for youth with locations in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Boston, Ann Arbor, and Seattle. With his high school students he edits The Best American Nonrequired Reading, a yearly anthology, and with his brother Toph he cowrites the Haggis-on-Whey series of semi-informative books, which includes Giraffes? Giraffes!, Animals of the Ocean (in Particular the Giant Squid), and Cold Fusion.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 8.31
Audience: Adult
Language: English