Join The Odd Shelf Book Club at Mill Creek's University Book Store on Thursday eveneing, February 14th, at 6:30 pm. There will be a lively discussion of this month's book, "The Monk of Mokha," by Dave Eggers.
A true story about the interwoven history of coffee and civil war in Yemen, and the courageous journey of a young man–a Muslim and U.S. citizen–following his American dream.
Mokhtar Alkhanshali grew up in a tiny apartment in San Francisco with his seven siblings and Yemeni immigrant parents. 24 years old and unable to pay for college, he worked as a doorman until a chance encounter sparked his interest in coffee, and the drink's rich history in Yemen.
Driven by a new purpose, he sets out to learn everything about coffee–cultivation, roasting, importing, including travelling to Yemen to visit farms and collect samples to help restore Yemeni coffee's former glory.
On the brink of success in 2015, civil war envelops Yemen. As the U.S. embassy closes and Saudi bombs fall, Mokhtar is trapped in Yemen.
Eggers, who lives in California, is the author of eleven books, including: "The Circle; Heroes of the Frontier," longlisted for the International DUBLIN Literary Award; "A Hologram for the King," a finalist for the National Book Award; and "What Is the What," a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and winner of France's Prix Médicis Etranger and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.
His nonfiction and journalism has appeared in The Guardian, The New Yorker, Best American Travel Writing, and Best American Essays.
Book club members, save 20% when you purchase this title at our Mill Creek store.