Quincy: The Handmaid's Tale

  • Our rain-day backup location will be Panera - please check here for changes if the weather looks iffy. No picnic if we go to Panera.
  • Just push the gate open and let yourself in to the grounds. There is street parking, and also a very small lot directly across the street at the school. The Homestead staff have said visitors can park there. Quincy Center T is nearby.
  • Please write in the comments what you will bring.
  • Can someone volunteer for plates, napkins, and cups? Plastic utensils if it sounds like we'll need them?
  • Can someone volunteer to bring beverages? Maybe a Dunkin' Box of Joe or some apple cider?
  • Other suggestions: cheese and crackers; chips and dip; sandwiches; salads; a fall dessert. If the menu is looking sugar-heavy, please consider bringing something savory.
  • Thanks in advance!

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

In the Republic of Gilead, formerly the United States, far-right Schlafly/Falwell-type ideals have been carried to extremes in the monotheocratic government. The resulting society is a feminist's nightmare: women are strictly controlled, unable to have jobs or money and assigned to various classes: the chaste, childless Wives; the housekeeping Marthas; and the reproductive Handmaids, who turn their offspring over to the "morally fit" Wives. The tale is told by Offred (read: "of Fred"), a Handmaid who recalls the past and tells how the chilling society came to be.

It's a picnic at Dorothy Quincy Homestead.  Home to generations of Quincys, including the wife of John Hancock.  The house won't be open for a tour, but the grounds are open to the public.  There's a very large yard, garden, picnic tables, and a little brook in the back.  Off Hancock St. in Quincy Center.

Book Lineup:
October - Shirley
November - Jessica
December - Alex
January - Dwain
February - Barbara
March - Zaida

Have a book suggestion for an upcoming meetup?
Add it to the South Shore discussion on the Bulletin Board here.

Read the book if you're planning to come.  Be a participant, not a spectator.

 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    MJ, hope you're not sitting out because of the potato salad -- I just made an ugly pie, and I pride myself on pretty pies. Hope you enjoyed the book.

    October 21, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Dystopias like The Handmaid's Tale can be pretty intense for me though, and I really do want to reflect on this more, read some commentary with references and will watch the movie later. That's too bad about your pie. Did it still tast good? What flavor was it? Peace.

      October 21, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yeah, the book was heavy stuff, but I enjoyed it. I made an apple tart, and the others said it tasted good.

      October 21, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I might be 5 minutes late, but will be there for sure.

    October 21, 2012

  • Eliza

    Sadly, I haven't been able to get very far in the book, so I am going to have to sit this one out. Enjoy your picnic!

    October 20, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      That's a shame. You can listen to the audio book. One of the version is only 2 1/2 hours long.

      October 20, 2012

  • Kuljit

    I will bring a pasta salad or cheese and crackers.

    October 19, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks, Kuljit! Either would be great.

      October 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Forecast is looking good, and hope it stays that way! Any more volunteers to bring stuff for our picnic?

    October 18, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      No restricts that I know of, MJ. Thanks!

      October 19, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      *restrictions

      October 19, 2012

  • Zaida

    I'll bring plates, forks, etc.

    October 16, 2012

  • Jessica

    I'll bring some chips and dip.

    October 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll work on the beverages!

    October 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be bringing an apple tart, and maybe something else.

    October 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I don't have the book. If I cannot read the book, I cannot join this fun meet up and just listen? Pls let me know. Thanks

    My library has the book, but 325 pages is not going to be possible this week. We both work busy schedules, and can only find time to read over the weekend.

    October 15, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      You don't get much of a feel for our group if you haven't read the book -- maybe you can get through half of it or read summaries online? If the weather holds up and we meet at the Homestead, please join us but read the book next time you meet with us. If it's raining and we have to meet at Panera, we won't have the room for you. Our RSVP list is already full at 13 people, so you would have to join us next time.

      October 15, 2012

  • Lauren

    Mao's Last Dancer

    September 19, 2012

  • Jessica

    The Handmaid's Tale

    September 19, 2012

  • Kuljit

    The Handmaid's Tale

    September 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Mao's Last Dancer

    September 18, 2012

  • Alex

    The Handmaid's Tale

    September 18, 2012

  • Barbara

    Major Pettigrew

    September 18, 2012

  • Zaida

    The Handmaid's Tale

    September 17, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    DQ Homestead wins by a 4-to-2 vote, with 2 people having no preference. Panera will be our rain-day backup.

    September 10, 2012

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