The Handmaid's Tale - paperback (3/16/1998) by Margaret Atwood

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Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Friday • August 11 • 6:30pm

There couldn’t be a better time to read this seminal work of speculative fiction by #1 New York Times bestseller and Booker Prize winner Margaret Atwood.

In the not-too-distant future, Offred lives as a Handmaid. Once a day, she may leave the home of the Commander and his wife to walk to the market. The signs now show pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. Once a month, she must lie on her back and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Handmaids are only valued if their ovaries are viable. She can remember the days before, when had a husband, a daughter, a job, and access to knowledge. But all that is gone. Funny, unexpected, chilling, and convincing, The Handmaid’s Tale is scathing satire, dire warning, and literary tour de force.


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Nancy Pearl's Book Club Nancy Pearl, author of Book Lust, is America’s favorite librarian. She regularly discusses and recommends books on NPR’s Morning Edition and lectures widely on the topics of books and reading. She is librarian-at-large with the King County Library System.