January 28, 2019 Share

Author Event at Milk & Cookies, with a BOOK

(February 27th from 6pm to 8pm) The NJ Chapter of Room to Read invites you to meet local author Oanh Ngo Usadi and discover the story of her immigration to America from Vietnam.

Of Monkey Bridges and Banh Mi Sandwiches, by Oanh Ngo Usadi
In vivid, lyrical prose, the author transports us across different landscapes, from middle-class life in Saì Gòn to a remote rice-farming village in the aftermath of the Vietnam war, to refugee camps in Malaysia and the Philippines. After their harrowing escape, they finally find their way to a small Texas town, where they build their American dream from a sandwich shack, one bánh mì at a time.

Part travelogue, this memoir invites us to experience the sights and flavors of Việt Nam and offers a fresh look at small-town America through the eyes of a young girl. You will run from bees in the countryside of Việt Nam, reach into the trees to pluck pink water apples and hairy red rambutans, taste m&ms for the first time, and decipher the English in a landlord’s almost incomprehensible Texas drawl.

Room to Read is a global non profit focused on literacy and gender equality in 16 countries, including Vietnam. Room to Read founder, John Wood, carried the concept of providing access to literacy that Andrew Carnegie championed a century before him. Andrew Carnegie established 2500 public libraries throughout North America. Room to Read has helped educate children in 30,000 communities across Africa and Asia.

“An engaging tale of coming to America and becoming an American.” – James Taranto, Op-Ed editor of The Wall Street Journal

The New Jersey Chapter of Room to Read has a team of devoted volunteers committed to raising funds and awareness to fulfill the Room to Read mission to give every child, regardless of gender or country of birth, the right to read. World Change Starts With Educated Children.

Philanthropy is the new community. Please join us for Milk and Cookies, with a BOOK, at Milk & Cookies, 14 Chambers Street, Princeton on Wednesday, February 27th from 6-8pm to meet Oanh, author of this featured memoir at the Morristown Festival of Books 2018. All are welcome to attend and offer an optional donation of $10 to benefit Room to Read. www.roomtoread.org