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Part coming-to-America story, part lyrical memoir, and yet another part activist’s call to action, The Coffeehouse Resistance: Brewing Hope in Desperate Times is timely, funny, and poignant. Writing as a mother, immigrant, new American, coffeehouse owner, and international nonprofit leader, Prabasi’s story weaves between Nepal, Ethiopia, and the United States. When Prabasi ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 9th 2019 by Green Writers Press
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Christine Eberle
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Imagine standing close to a large mosaic. You reach out and touch one small piece, marveling at its beauty. Then your eye is drawn to another exquisite tile: so delicately formed; such a rich color. Before long you are pondering another piece; it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen. Only after delighting in each marvelous fragment do you step back to appreciate the whole picture.

That’s the experience of reading The Coffeehouse Resistance. Each memory Sarina Prabasi shares is a tiny wonder, drawing h
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Rachael Peretic
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
‘What a difference we can make, understanding our neighborhoods as we do, and having a real relationship with people in our communities. What could we accomplish if we could make the coffeehouse politically relevant again? Not partisan, but politically engaged and active.’
-Sarina Prabasi, The Coffeehouse Resistance

No stranger to immigration, Sarina Prabasi was born in the Netherlands, raised in Nepal, and educated in Massachusetts before settling for years in Ethiopia, where she fell in love wi
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Sarah
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a very readable story of vignettes, from childhood to now. The pacing is well-plotted and big themes, such as the decision to move to America, starting a busines, getting an education and meeting her now-husband are told over a series of memories, memories that really draw you in and make sense of far-flung places and cultures. It captures lots of moments in time and I read it in two sittings. Two!
Jennifer Young
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a book we all need right now - a powerful memoir of a mother, business woman and activist who tells a coming of age story around the idea of coffeehouses as a nexus of family, community, and political action. I'm buying copies for friends and family.
Athos
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Prabasi comes across as a trustworthy go-getter. Beyond her formidable accomplishments as an entrepreneur, humanitarian and parent, perhaps she commands even more respect with her warm, earnest voice and belief in virtue for its own sake. Her story gifts the reader with profound lessons and beautiful settings (so many gorgeous moments, as in the portrait of Ethiopia). When do-gooders like her are leading the resistance, we know it's time for change. High recommend.
Jennifer
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I so enjoyed reading "The Coffeehouse Resistance" - a memoir by Sarina Prabasi. I read nearly the entire book in one sitting!

It is a beautiful story that crosses multiple cities and covers various significant times in the author's life. I very much enjoyed how coffee served as backdrop and connector weaving together various chapters of the story. I especially enjoyed learning about the culture of coffee in Ethiopia. The author's writing is lovely and painted such amazing images of the setting t
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Emily Haile
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! A fabulous book...incredibly readable. It feels like having a cup of coffee with a good friend. From growing up in Nepal to meeting her husband in Ethiopia and starting a coffee shop in Manhattan, Prabasi's story is inspiring and shows what's possible when you have a dream and you hold onto it bravely and resolutely. Her foray into local politics and community organizing is a natural extension of this immigrant story, which centers around deep connections with her neighbors and a growing se ...more
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I didn't know what to expect from this book, but found myself drawn in from the very first pages. Sarina's voice is calm but you hear her underlying passion for justice and life seething underneath - and moving both the book and our hearts forward. A much needed book for our troubled times.
Kay
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A cup of coffee with a friend you might not have known you had (to paraphrase another fan).

Extremely readable, extremely enjoyable - Coffeehouse Resistance makes me want to simultaneously phone my Senator, pick up a good novel, travel somewhere new, and reflect upon and take action on promises not yet delivered.
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Sarina Prabasi is Co-Founder of Buunni Coffee in New York City, author of The Coffeehouse Resistance: Brewing Hope in Desperate Times (Green Writers Press, April 2019) and CEO of WaterAid America. She was born in the Netherlands, raised in India, China and Nepal, and spent formative years in the United States and Ethiopia. Following a career leading initiatives in global health, education, water a ...more