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Our Community Reads 2024 Book Selected

On September 28, over 60 community members attended a Voting Party to pick next year’s Our Community Reads selection. The four choices were:

·        The Island of Missing Trees, by Elif Shafak

·        Running with Sherman, by Christopher McDougall

·        Klara and the Sun, by Kazuo Ishiguro

·        The Monk of Mokha, by Dave Eggers

The winning selection is The Monk of Mokha, by Dave Eggers. The Monk of Mokha is the true story of a young Yemeni American man, born and raised in San Francisco who dreams of helping farmers in his ancestral country bring their coffee to the rest of the world.

Dave Eggers leads us on an exciting modern-day adventure that takes us to coffee farms in Yemen and the outbreak of civil war. Our hero, aspiring coffee importer Mokhtar Alkhanshali, a combination of Indiana Jones and Horatio Alger, leaves his dead-end job as a doorman with hopes of bringing Yemeni coffee to America. But first he has to contend with a corrupt government, Al-Qaeda, Red Sea pirates, tribal violence, kidnapping, and Saudi bombing attacks.


ABOUT OUR COMMUNITY READS: Now in its seventh year, Our Community Reads is a program of the Friends of the Aptos Library, in which the community selects a book and then comes together for a series of related events. These events are presented in association with the friends of the Capitola, Felton, La Selva Beach, and Scotts Valley libraries. Events will include panel discussions, films, workshops, trivia, and much more. All events will be free and open to the public. The Friends encourages everyone to grab a copy and get informed. The program will begin the end of January 2024 and run through the beginning of March, and the calendar of events will be posted in a couple months.

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Posted by jamesheskettw on Oct. 3, 2023 at 10:38 a.m.


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