The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers
This is an improbable story. It's about a young man growing up in a rough neighborhood in San Francisco of Yemeni heritage who has a particularly impressive dream. Mokhtar Alkhanshali believes he can bring the coffee of Yemen to the world and in doing so, can better the lives of the Yemeni people. It's a story of survival that will have you on the edge of your seat! You will never drink a cup of coffee again without thinking of this story. This is indeed "coffee worth risking your life for"!
Review by Dave (Customer)
Apollo 8 by Jeffrey Kluger
NASA and the Apollo program have always fascinated me and this book tells us the whole story of the historic Apollo 8 mission. Told from the different points of view- from the astronauts, their families, and mission control operaters. Through their eyes we see just how important this mission was to everyone- including the United States! The space race was on and no one knew who would finish first! Would recommend this book!
Review by Maria (Staff)
The Battle of the Atlantic by Jonathan Dimbleby
Excellent one volume history of the World War Two battle between the German U-Boats trying to starve Britain and the Allie Navies seeking to keep the shipping lanes open. With different tactics the Allies could have won a year earlier, and with more U-Boats the Germans could have done the same. Fascinating topic, excellent history.
Review by Dave (Customer)
The Grave's a Fine and Private Place by Alan Bradley
This enchanting series now has Flavia de Luce being so grown-up and adult-like! Her young life has gone through a major upheaval. Her father has died, her mother has left her the estate, but all control seems to be too much and very much not in Flavia's hands. Off on a short vacation to ease the tension because of a sister's delayed wedding, Flavia once again finds death. Every page has so much information about poisons (her specialty) and phrases that only she can speak. Not sure how Bradley manages to write so cleverly! Spoiler alert: could this be the last of the series? Please, Bradley! Continue this sweet, clever, and endearing series starring Flavia de Luce.
Review by Susan (Staff)
Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore
A quick read that you can't put down! This novel is a TRIP. A compelling combination of SciFi and Fiction- this book teleports you from the distant past to far into the future. We follow Milo, a human who has been reincarnated almost 10,000 times, and Suzie, the charming and enigmatic Death Incarnate, on a whirlwind adventure as Milo tries to get one of his lives just right. This book stuck with me for weeks! Five Stars!
Review by Abbey (Staff)
The Forever Summer by Jamie Brenner
An intruiging premise about family and loved ones and what you believe to be true may not in fact be so. Well written, great story! A novel set in summer, it will have you thinking about summer long after it's over. Poignant and a great read!
Review by Christine (Staff)
Hey book lovers! Here's another installment of our monthly book review blog. For those that are new here, there are the top picks of our staff and customers alike for the month of March. Read about these awesome books and then come on in to our charming bookstore and see for yourselves!