As the universe inexplicably continues to chug along despite, or is it in spite, of the current state of the world, I'm really honored to support efforts to bring The Coffeehouse Resistance by Sarina Prabasi out into the wider world. To quote her feature at The Riverdale Press:
"Sarina Prabasi always felt like an observer of American politics, until she became a U.S. citizen — just in time for the 2016 presidential election.
"For years, Prabasi was in and out of the United States on visas, never really experiencing an opportunity to participate in politics. But everything changed once she was able to make her status in America official.
“After I became a U.S. citizen,” Prabasi said, “I was determined to educate myself.”
"That education began in Washington Heights at Buunni Coffee, a business she and her husband Elias Gurmu started in 2012 and has since expanded to locations in Riverdale and Inwood. It was at the first Buunni Coffee location Prabasi would see customers coming together to discuss issues they were passionate about.
“When people started meeting and talking right in the coffee shop, that became an interesting entry point for me,” she said.
"Within two years and the opening of Buunni Coffee’s Riverdale location last year, Prabasi saw the impact the 2016 election had on the two communities she works in. So between running a small business, being a mother, and serving as the chief executive of the nonprofit WaterAid America, Prabasi found time to write “The Coffeehouse Resistance: Brewing Hope in Desperate Times,” a memoir reflecting on her own experiences in America after moving to New York City from Ethiopia.
"The book comes out April 9."
And what could be more wonderful than that? This book itself, which also couldn't be more wonderful, or timely.
Please let me know if you have any questions and/or are interested in reviewing the book, interviewing the author, writing think pieces or generally engaging in the hype we're looking to generate for this most timely of books. For much more on all things The Coffeehouse Resistance please do go here.