The Monk of Mokha

The Monk of Mokha

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 brought up by Yemeni immigrants in a tiny apartme From the best-selling author of The Circle, the true story of a young Yemeni-American man, raised in San Francisco, w...

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Title:The Monk of Mokha
Author:Dave Eggers
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:B071VXZCGV
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:368 pages pages

The Monk of Mokha Reviews

  • Elyse
    Apr 24, 2018
    Wow! By the end of ?The Monk of Moka?, without a sip of coffee or ( tea for me), in me, I felt the stimulant of Dave Eggers non fiction book raising my energy. This is one heck of an amazing rags to riches story.... From DOORMAN ....to CEO COFFEEMAN....our uplifting boost of...
  • Steve
    Feb 07, 2018
    The true story of Mokhtar Alkhanshali a directionless young American Muslim when gets the idea to resurrect Yemeni coffee. While telling Mokhtar's story this book also tells the story of coffee from it's history to tasting to the specialty coffee market. Additionally when Mokhtar embar...
  • Donald
    Feb 05, 2018
    I really enjoyed reading this book! It very much reminded me of "Zeitoun" and "What Is the What", which I also enjoyed! This book is the story of Mokhtar, a Yemeni American man who wants to export coffee from Yemen to the U.S., specifically the Bay Area. It's a pretty amazing story, an...
  • Brian
    Jan 31, 2018
    In a world filled with misery and pain, it's refreshing to read a well written, non-fiction story of a member of our race who overcomes all shades of adversity to succeed when every deck is stacked against him. Like his excellent Zeitoun, Eggers writes in an easily accessible narrative...
  • Kasa Cotugno
    Jan 31, 2018
    I love the way Dave Eggers tells a larger story through a personal lens. As with Valentino Dent (What is the What) and Abdulrahman Zeitoun, he has taken the life of Mokhtar Alkhanshali and crafted it into a book so readable and yet so informative and true it becomes a real page turner....
  • Tessy Consentino
    Feb 12, 2018
    Absolutely fascinating! Loved learning more about my beloved beverage, coffee. Yemeni American Mokhtar is inspiring. ...
  • Katie
    Mar 05, 2018
    I still read Dave Eggers because every three or four years he'll come out with something great but this was just not one of them. I thought this would be more like Zeitoun, but it just wasn't as interesting or compelling as that. I felt like it didn't have a direction. ...
  • Ammar
    Feb 04, 2018
    This book made me appreciate coffee more. This is the kind of book that keeps you on the edge of the seat while rooting for the main guy to get over the obstacles and attain the goals they need to get. Mokhtar Alkhanshali was born and raised in California. His parents are from Yeme...
  • Marie
    Dec 04, 2017
    Eggers was the reason why I picked up this book?someone at work handed me an ARC and I was like sure why not? I didn?t even realize it was non-fiction until after the first chapter But holy cow, it was spectacular. It?s about a Yemeni-American who wants to bring high quality Y...
  • Krista
    Jan 03, 2018
    Conditions in Yemen were deteriorating. Virtually no goods were being shipped out of the country. Activity at the ports was concentrated on importing essentials. Medicine was scarce and the vast majority of the country was suffering from food insecurity. The UN considered Yemen on the...
  • Mal Warwick
    Feb 21, 2018
    Dave Eggers has struck gold once again with the extraordinary story of the Yemeni-American entrepreneur Mokhtar Alkhanshali, "a poor kid from [San Francisco's] Tenderloin who now has found some significant success as a coffee importer." But that description barely scratches the surface...
  • PorshaJo
    Apr 05, 2018
    There is a lesson in this one...or two. Don't let anyone tell you can't do something. And once you set your mind to something, you can do anything. Well, in this case, said person was almost killed....multiple times. But he DID IT! He did what he set out to do which seemed like an impo...
  • Jack
    Feb 08, 2018
    It's hard to articulate my thoughts on this book better than Michael Lindgren already has in the Washington Post, but what the hell I'll give it a shot - I liked the book, I don't regret reading it, but I won't recommend it to others, because after having read Eggers' fiction and memoi...
  • Donna
    Mar 04, 2018
    Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn?t. Mark Twain This is one of those nonfiction books that seems so unbelievable that if it were fiction, you?d think the author should have tried for something more realisti...
  • Henk-Jan van der Klis
    Mar 29, 2018
    Mokhtar Alkhanshali groeit op in achterstandswijken van San Francisco, wisselend van studie en een baantje als portier, dromend van echt wat willen bereiken. Zijn Jemenitische afkomst verloochent hij niet en springt in op de zogenaamde 3e golf aan koffiebranders en -verkopers die schak...
  • Nicole
    Apr 21, 2018
    What a tale. I enjoyed that the author chose to write about the beginning of this story and not the middle or current part. The beginning is usually the most interesting anyway and it certainly was in this instance. The extraordinary trials and tribulations along with the history of co...
  • Jaclyn Crupi
    Mar 11, 2018
    Dave Eggers doing what he does best ? meeting a fascinating person and telling his story. This was captivating and I?m now on a mission to drink coffee from Yemen. ...
  • Adriaan Jansen
    Feb 24, 2018
    ''When Mokhtar made a mistake, Hamood was angry only if Mokhtar made an excuse. 'Own the error and correct it', he said. Hamood had a thousand proverbs and maxims. His favorite was 'Keep your money in your hand, never in your heart'. He used to say that a lot. 'What does it mean?' Mok...
  • Jim Higgins
    Jan 23, 2018
    Terrific story (nonfiction) of a young man who found his calling reviving coffee trade in Yemen. In addition to its strong literary and narrative qualities, it's an excellent business book! ...
  • Sue
    Mar 03, 2018
    From zero to hero. This is not a novel. This is Dave Eggers? account of how a young Yemeni American went from humble beginnings to realising the great American dream via the unlikely path of speciality coffee. [Sidebar: Mokhtar Alkhanshali was raised in the Tenderloin district ...
  • Ivor Armistead
    Feb 08, 2018
    This is a wonderful story about a Yemeni-American kid from San Francisco?s Tenderloin who beats the odds and makes it as an importer of coffee from his ancestral home in the middle of a civil war. Horatio Alger, eat your heart out. ...
  • Elisa
    Feb 12, 2018
    I wanted to like this book! I should have liked this book! I grew up going to my grandparents coffee plantation, eating the beans, watching the picking, the pealing, the drying, the sorting.... My brother in law still owns a coffee plantation... The book even dealt with events that are...
  • Brandon Forsyth
    Feb 08, 2018
    Dave Eggers is back with another story of self-discovery and the American dream, and it's *almost* as good as WHAT IS THE WHAT or A HEARTBREAKING WORK OF STAGGERING GENIUS. Mokhtar Alkhanshali comes wonderfully to life here, and Eggers draws out his irrepressible optimism and charming ...
  • Jill Wittkopp
    Jan 31, 2018
    I had the chance to see Dave & Mokhtar speak when the book was released. You could tell from their chemistry and mutual respect that the story was going to be well told. Not only is it an inspiring story about chasing the American Dream, it highlights integrity and mutual benefit (...
  • Laura Walsh
    Feb 12, 2018
    This book was a perfect combination of two things that truly give me joy in this world - reading and drinking coffee! I will never look at a cuppa java in the same way again, (nor complain about the price!) now that I know so much more than I did just last week, about the journey coffe...
  • Liza Fireman
    Mar 06, 2018
    I will start by saying: this book is very very different than The Circle. And, it is mostly a book for coffee lovers, because it has a fair share of talking about coffee in addition to a beautiful drive and entrepreneurship. Mokhtar Alkhanshali's story is extremely interesting. At ...
  • Lacy
    Jan 19, 2018
    I won a Goodreads giveaway to get the Monk of Mokha, so here's my review! It's a few weeks into 2018, and I predict this will be the best book I read this year. Before reading this book, I didn't know much about coffee, and I knew Yemen was located south of Saudi Arabia but knew little...
  • da AL
    Feb 14, 2018
    True account of Yemen-American. When he learns that coffee originated in Yemen, he employs passion, courage, creativity, & humanitarianism to make Yemen coffee the world's best. All that amid daunting poverty, war & politics. Pulitzer prize author. Audio narrator passable, but ...
  • Jay Chi
    Jan 22, 2018
    Endlessly fascinating and engrossing read. It tells a story of the difficulties and dedication it takes to be a successful entrepreneur; it offers advice and inspiration to college students (or any person really) who is unsure about where their passions lie and what career path to purs...
  • MetroBookChat
    Jan 24, 2018
    NEXT time you slurp a cup of coffee, spare a thought for the humble bean that produced it. In Dave Eggers' latest socially conscious non-fiction book, a bean's journey involves being trapped in a city pounded by Saudi bombs and twice being taken captive by armed militia, and escaping a...