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April's Sci-Fi - The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

Please join us as we discuss The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood, winner of the 1987 Clarkge Award, and a nominee for the 1986 Nebula Award and Booker Prize and 1987 Prometheus Award. The book is a fairly quick read, at about 311 pages.

Please keep your RSVP updated and accurate!* Space is limited for this event. If it fills up, please add yourself to the waiting list if interested. Our morning discussion session can be found here.

From Amazon:

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are only valued if their ovaries are viable.

Offred can remember the days before, when she lived and made love with her husband Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now....

Funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing, The Handmaid's Tale is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and tour de force.


*Since missing one of these meetups is taking a spot away from someone else who wants to go, we'll need to have a stricter attendance policy than normal. For book discussions, 3 no-shows in a rolling 3-month period will prohibit you from attending any other book discussion for 2 months after your last no-show. In order to avoid a no-show, please update your RSVP no later than 10pm two nights before a discussion. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation!

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  • Vijay

    Just an FYI, instead of our usual room at Houlihan's, we will be in a meeting room in the Hilton hotel (same location). From the hotel lobby, go left of the elevator banks and straight back towards the banquet rooms. You'll see our sign, as well as our group name displayed on the LCD screen.

    April 19, 2014

    • Vijay

      Yes, but lunch options will be limited to 3 plated entrees (London broil, chicken Marsala, or vegetable pilaf) at $14, or an amazing buffet including all 3 at $24.95. If none of those sound good to you, I'd suggest grabbing a bite beforehand.

      April 20, 2014

    • Amelia D.

      That would have been useful information to have before I had to leave to get there, especially as want none of those options.

      April 20, 2014

  • Vijay

    Hi, everyone! For anyone interested in attending our Laser Tag party and Spring Mixer on May 3, this weekend is the last chance to pay in person (cash or credit card). After that, you'll have until the morning of the 28th to sign up and pay online. Thanks!

    April 19, 2014

  • Vijay

    Now that we're less than a week away, please update your RSVP if you can no longer attend, to avoid a no-show. Thanks!

    April 14, 2014

  • Efe F.

    Just realized this is Easter Sunday! Enjoy this one y'all :)

    February 24, 2014

    • Jennifer

      Thanks for the reminder!

      April 9, 2014

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