Mother Goose is cancelled for Thursday, Sept. 28 this week.

Meet the Author: Crossing the Bamboo Bridge Memoirs of a Bad Luck Girl

Meet Barrington author Mai Donohue as she talks about her new book Crossing the Bamboo Bridge: Memoirs of a Bad Luck Girl published in 2016 by Stillwater River Publications.

Mai tells her inspirational life story as a young girl from Vietnam's rice fields who risks everything to escape poverty, abuse, and war. Born during Ho Chi Minh’s revolution against the French, she was just a baby when his followers in the village, out of spite, came to her home one night and murdered the men in the family, driving her mother mad with fear and rage. She becomes a bride forced to marry an abusive man and have his child, faces the Viet Cong and homelessness on the streets of Saigon, but through it all her dream of freedom keeps her alive.

Mai Donohue is a writer, beloved home cook, and retired educator of special needs students. After leaving Vietnam in 1970 she and her husband Brian settled in Barrington, Rhode Island. They have seven children and thirteen grandchildren. Mai holds a B.A. from the University of Rhode Island, an accomplishment that was the culmination of more than twelve years of study. Mai is known in her community for supporting various charitable causes with her delicious Vietnamese cooking. A PBS short documentary about Mai’s life was nominated for a New England Emmy award in 2006. More information about Mai can be found at

Free and open to all. 
Books will be available for sale and signing.

Event Location: 
Senior Center (Lower Level)