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Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling author of The Circle, 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, and his riveting tale of escape.
Mokhtar Alkhanshali grew up in San Francisco, one of seven siblings raised by Yemeni immigrants in a tiny apartment. At age 24, unable to pay for college, he works as a doorman. Until: a statue of an Arab raising a cup of coffee awakens something in him. He sets out to learn the rich history of coffee in Yemen and the complex art of tasting and identifying varietals. He travels to Yemen, collects samples of beans, eager to bring improved cultivation methods to the farmers. And he is on the verge of success when civil war engulfs Yemen in 2015 and he is trapped in Sana'a.
Desperate to escape, he embarks on a passage that has him twice kidnapped at gunpoint, dodging US-made bombs dropped by the Saudi air force, and crossing the Red Sea onboard an unsafe skiff, all the while carrying two suitcases of coffee. 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.
©2018 Dave Eggers (P)2018 Random House Audio
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Critic Reviews

"Dion Graham narrates this stirring audiobook splendidly. His narration shapes the mind and spirit of Mokhtar Alkhanshali.... Listeners will be rapt." (AudioFile)  
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5 out of 5 stars
By Dog Fish on 02-20-18


I’m a white guy. For that I am awarded privilege . I know the score. I see it all around me. I’ve worked my ass off to have a comfortable life . Wife, kids, house etc.

The immigration issue confuses me. The never ending violence in the Middle East confuses me. I just couldn’t get my head wrapped around it.

This book changed me. It showed me what I thought was American ingenuity and taught me tenacity and grit are universal.

I will never look at a Middle Eastern person the same and am embarrassed that I let my myopic personal narrative carry on for so many years.

Thank you Dave Eggars and thank you Mohktar for giving me the gift of clear vision.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Nappa on 02-12-18

Hell of an adventure! Great narration!

Monk of Mocha is a wonderful adventure. We follow Mokhtar’s story, from delinquent teenager to Indiana Jones adventurer, bringing the treasure of long lost Yemeni coffee to the world. Egger’s style eggs you onward (see what I did there:)). Graham voice is powerful, clear, and compelling. Loved it!

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