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The Matriarch | Susan Page

  • Lewes Public Library 111 Adams Avenue Lewes, DE, 19958 United States (map)

Award-winning journalist Susan Page will discuss her definitive biography of former First Lady Barbara Bush during a special presentation in Lewes on August 28. 

Sponsored by the History Book Festival and the Lewes Public Library with book sales by Browseabout Books, the free presentation will begin at 5 PM at the library, located at 111 Adams Avenue in Lewes. The program is one in a series of book discussions leading up to the Third Annual History Book Festival, which will be held in Lewes on September 27, 28 and 29.

Following her presentation at the library, Ms. Page will take questions and sign copies of her book. The book is available for purchase at Browseabout Books. Books also will be on sale during the event at the library. 

In addition to her library presentation, Ms. Page will sign copies of her book at Browseabout Books in Rehoboth Beach on August 31 at 9:AM.

Although the August 28 program is free, registration is requested. To reserve a seat, sign up online, call the library at 302-645-2733, or register at the circulation desk. Walk-ins are welcome.

The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty (Twelve/Hachette, 2019)
This is a fascinating account of the woman who helped to define two American presidencies and an entire political era. Ms. Page, USA TODAY's Washington Bureau chief, interviewed more than 100 Bush family members and friends, engaged in hours of conversation with Mrs. Bush herself in the final months of her life, and was granted access to diaries that spanned decades.


Hailed by The Atlantic as the “rare biography of a public figure that’s not only beautifully written, but also shockingly revelatory,” The Matriarch traces the experiences that shaped Mrs. Bush and offers her last words for history on the evolution of her party, on the role of women, on Donald Trump, and on her family’s legacy.


Ms. Page has covered six White House administrations, is reporting on her eleventh presidential campaign, and has won every journalism award given specifically for coverage of the White House. Her next book is a biography of Nancy Pelosi titled Madam Speaker: Nancy Pelosi and the Arc of Power (Twelve/Hachette).

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