Bar­bara Bush bio ‘Ma­tri­arch’ and more

In search of some­thing good to read? USA TO­DAY’s Bar­bara Van Den­burgh scopes out the shelves for this week’s hottest new book re­leases.

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1. “The Ma­tri­arch: Bar­bara Bush and the Mak­ing of an Amer­i­can Dy­nasty” by Su­san Page (Twelve, non­fic­tion, on sale April 2)

What it’s about: Wash­ing­ton Bureau Chief of USA TO­DAY Su­san Page was given in­ti­mate ac­cess and con­ducted more than 100 in­ter­views with Bush friends and fam­ily mem­bers, and the for­mer first fady her­self in the fi­nal months of her life, to tell the life story of one of the defin­ing women of Amer­i­can po­lit­i­cal his­tory.

The buzz: Bush’s acer­bic sense of hu­mor seems to have been with her un­til the end. Her sug­gested ti­tle for Page’s bi­og­ra­phy? “The Fat Lady Sings Again.”

2. “Women Talk­ing” by Miriam Toews (Blooms­bury Pub­lish­ing, fic­tion, on sale April 2)

What it’s about: Eight Men­non­ite women have long be­lieved their blood­ied and bruised bodies were the re­sult of demons pun­ish­ing them for their sins in the night. When they learn the truth – that they’ve been drugged and at­tacked by men in their com­mu­nity – they must make a choice be­tween the only world they’ve ever known and es­cape.

The buzz: A starred re­view at Kirkus Re­views calls it an “ex­quis­ite cri­tique of pa­tri­ar­chal cul­ture” that is “stun­ningly orig­i­nal and al­to­gether ar­rest­ing.”

3. “Amer­i­can Moon­shot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race” by Dou­glas Brink­ley (Harper, non­fic­tion, on sale April 2)

What it’s about: Draw­ing on new pri­mary source ma­te­rial and in­ter­views, award-win­ning his­to­rian Brink­ley tells the thrilling story of the U.S. space race: the geopo­lit­i­cal ten­sions that spurred Kennedy’s chal­lenge, the break­neck tech­no­log­i­cal rev­o­lu­tions that made it pos­si­ble and the bril­liant men and women who took man to the moon.

The buzz: A starred re­view from Kirkus Re­views calls it, “a highly en­gag­ing his­tory not just for space-race enthusiast­s but also stu­dents of Cold War pol­i­tics.”

4. “Boy Swal­lows Uni­verse” by Trent Dalton (Harper, fic­tion, on sale April 2)

What it’s about: Set in 1980s Aus­tralia, Dalton’s splashy, pro­fane and witty de­but novel tells the com­ing-ofage story of a boy named Eli. His life al­ready is com­pli­cated enough, what with his mom in jail, his mute brother and a heroin-deal­ing step­fa­ther – and that’s be­fore he teams up with an ex-con and falls in love.

The buzz: John Collee of the Syd­ney Morn­ing Her­ald says it’s the best Aus­tralian novel he’s read in more than a decade and calls it “a rol­lick­ing ride, rich in phi­los­o­phy, wit, truth and pathos.”

5. “The Honey Bus: A Mem­oir of Loss, Courage and a Girl Saved by Bees” by Mered­ith May (Park Row, non­fic­tion, on sale April 2)

What it’s about: May’s life was saved by honey­bees. No, re­ally. In this mov­ing mem­oir, the au­thor and jour­nal­ist shares the story of how her trou­bled child­hood in 1970s Cal­i­for­nia was mended by an un­break­able bond with her grand­fa­ther, an ec­cen­tric bee­keeper who in­vited her into the se­cret and soul­ful world of bees.

The buzz: Pub­lish­ers Weekly says, “May’s chron­i­cle of over­com­ing ob­sta­cles and forg­ing ahead is mov­ing and thought­ful.”

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