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IAF Book Discussion Group, Session 2017.01 - The Handmaid's Tale

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  • Kirkendall Public Library

    1210 NW Prairie Ridge Dr. , Ankeny, IA (map)

    41.739613 -93.615891

  • From 1st St W in Ankeny, drive north on Ash Rd. until you reach NW Prairie Ridge Dr. The library is just up the road, to the left. The conference room is down the hall that is visible from the main entrance as you enter the library.
  • The IAF Book Discussion Group is an ongoing effort to provide interesting intellectual conversations for members of IAF and other interested parties on texts and topics relevant to the Secular perspective.

    For this session the group will conclude with our discussion on the fictional work "The Handmaid's Tale" by renowned author Margaret Atwood.

    *NOTE* This cover image represents just one of the many editions available. There is no preferred edition for the purposes of our group discussion.

    The reading assignment for this session will cover the Parts 12 through the Historical Notes (pages 225 on in the Everyman's Library Edition). Be prepared, if possible, to present things from the reading assignment that stood out for you so that we can gain a good cross-section of individual perspectives where the reading is concerned.

    The conference room that has been reserved at Kirkendall Public Library has a maximum capacity of 20 so RSVP early to get a seat. Social time will be available from 6:30 to 7 PM if you want to come and just chat before the discussion begins. We'll see you there. :-)

    You can read about the book by going to the Goodreads page for the title HERE.

    If you prefer, though, here is a brief synopsis of the title from the same -

    "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 valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years 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..."

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