This event takes place at Central Presbyterian Church at 200 E. 8th St, Austin, TX 7870
Pre-ordered books will be given to ticket holders the day of the event. They are not available for pick-up at BookPeople prior to the event.
A ticket+book option admits one person to the event, and includes a copy of The Matriarch. It is $32.50 plus taxes and fees. Or the 2 tickets + 1 book option admits two people to the event with one book and is $40.00 plus taxes and fees. A general admission ticket is $5 plus fees and does not include a book.
Doors open at 6PM. Seating is general admission; first come, first served.
Please note: If you purchase a ticket and cannot attend the event, we will hold a copy of The Matriarch for you at BookPeople for 30 days after the date of the event. You may not pick up the book in advance of the event.
ABOUT THE MATRIARCH
Barbara Pierce Bush was one of the country's most popular and powerful figures, yet her full story has never been told.
The Matriarch tells the riveting tale of a woman who helped define two American presidencies and an entire political era. Written by USA TODAY's Washington Bureau chief Susan Page, this biography is informed by more than one hundred interviews with Bush friends and family members, hours of conversation with Mrs. Bush herself in the final six months of her life, and access to her diaries that spanned decades. The Matriarch examines not only her public persona but also less well-known aspects of her remarkable life. As a girl in Rye, New York, Barbara Bush weathered criticism of her weight from her mother, barbs that left lifelong scars. As a young wife, she coped with the death of her three-year-old daughter from leukemia, a loss that changed her forever. In middle age, she grappled with depression so serious that she contemplated suicide. And as first the wife and then the mother of American presidents, she made history as the only woman to see -- and advise -- both her husband and son in the Oval Office.
As with many women of her era, Barbara Bush was routinely underestimated, her contributions often neither recognized nor acknowledged. But she became an astute and trusted political campaign strategist and a beloved First Lady. She invested herself deeply in expanding literacy programs in America, played a critical role in the end of the Cold War, and led the way in demonstrating love and compassion to those with HIV/AIDS. With her cooperation, this book offers Barbara Bush's last words for history -- on the evolution of her party, on the role of women, on Donald Trump, and on her family's legacy.
Barbara Bush's accomplishments, struggles, and contributions are many. Now, Susan Page explores them all in The Matriarch, a groundbreaking book certain to cement Barbara Bush as one of the most unique and influential women in American history.
ABOUT SUSAN PAGE
Susan Page is the award-winning Washington Bureau chief of USA Today, where she writes about politics and the White House. Susan has covered six White House administrations and ten presidential elections. She has interviewed the past nine presidents and reported from six continents and dozens of foreign countries. She has appeared as an analyst on ABC's This Week, CBS' Face the Nation, CNN's State of the Union, Fox News Sunday, NBC's Meet the Press, PBS' NewsHour, NPR's The Diane Rehm Show, and other TV and radio programs. She lives in Washington, D.C.
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