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Author: Dave Eggers Narrator: Dion Graham Publisher: Random House Audio Audio Length: Release Date: January 2018 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780735205789

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“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.

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  • A vibrant depiction of courage and passion, interwoven with a detailed history of Yemeni coffee and a timely exploration of Muslim American identity.

    - Entertainment Weekly
  • Exquisitely interesting… This is about the human capacity to dream—here, there, everywhere.

    - San Francisco Chronicle
  • A cracking tale of intrigue and bravery… A gripping, triumphant adventure story.

    - Los Angeles Times
  • “Graham always shines in multicharacter works, and his command of pacing is on point here, especially in the most heart-stopping moments.”

    - Booklist (starred audio review)
  • “Dion Graham narrates this stirring audiobook splendidly…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
  • “With his rich, espressolike voice, narrator Graham channels Yemeni-American entrepreneur Alkhanshani’s youthful enthusiasm across the whole of his incredible quest to brew the perfect cup.”

    - American Library Association (audio review)
  • A true account of a scrappy underdog, told in a lively, accessible style... Absolutely as gripping and cinematically dramatic as any fictional cliffhanger.

    - Washington Post
  • “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.

    - Guardian
  • “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
  • 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


  • A New York Times bestseller
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month
  • A Booklist Editors’ Choice of 2018's Top Audiobooks
  • On the ALA Listen List for Outstanding Audiobook Narration

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About the Author

Dave Eggers is the author of twelve books, including 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 Étranger and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. His nonfiction and journalism have appeared in The Guardian, the New Yorker, and the Best American Essays. He is the founder of McSweeney’s, an independent publishing company, and cofounder of Voice of Witness, a book series that uses oral history to illuminate human rights crises around the world. He is the cofounder of 826 National, a network of youth writing and tutoring centers with locations around the country, and of ScholarMarch, which connects donors with students to make college accessible. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

About the Narrator

Dion Graham is an award-winning narrator named a “Golden Voice” by AudioFile magazine. He has been a recipient of the prestigious Audie Award numerous times, as well as Earphones Awards, the Publishers Weekly Listen Up Awards, IBPA Ben Franklin Awards, and the ALA Odyssey Award. He was nominated in 2015 for a Voice Arts Award for Outstanding Narration. He is also a critically acclaimed actor who has performed on Broadway, off Broadway, internationally, in films, and in several hit television series. He is a graduate of Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, with an MFA degree in acting.