February 2018 Book of the Month
Every month, the avid readers in our Books department choose one new title that needs to be shared. It's a book we've read, a book that's made us fall in love, and one that lingered with us long after the last page had been turned.
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February Title: The Monk of Mokha
Dave Eggers is a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist. He is beloved for his witty literary magazine, McSweeny's. His novel The Circle was made into a movie starring Emma Watson and Tom Hanks. And yet, Eggers is perhaps his best when sharpening his pen on contemporary social issues through powerful, true stories. His new book is precisely that—a non-fiction tale as fascinating as any work of fiction.
In The Monk of Mokha, we meet Mokhtar, a second-generation Yemeni American from San Francisco's dodgy Tenderloin district. At 24, Mokhtar is aimless and working as a doorman when he makes a surprising discovery about coffee's history and Yemen's crucial place in it. Soon he is diving head-first into the business of coffee: learning as much as he can, reconnecting with his ancestral heritage, and working with Yemeni farmers to reinvigorate their country's coffee industry during a time of political instability.
Part personal journey, immigrant story, exploration of a favorite commodity, and thrilling modern odyssey, it's a timely read that anyone can enjoy and learn from—whether they love coffee or not.