Past Meetup

Humanist Book Group: The Handmaid's Tale

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San Francisco Public Library

100 Larkin Street · San Francisco, CA

How to find us

We will be in the Stong room on the ground floor

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Join us in the Stong room as we discuss "The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood. Newcomers are always welcome, as are new book suggestions.

We will be selecting the next book from those presented by members at the this meeting. If you' like to add a book to the running, come ready to make a short pitch for it at the meeting, and bring a copy if you can. For bonus points, check the book's availability in the SF Public Library.

About "The Handmaid's Tale" (

"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 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…."

If you have not read the book, you're welcome to attend and learn what we're about. We only ask that you allow those who have done the reading to speak first.

We typically go to dinner together afterward at a nearby restaurant, for those who would like to stick around.

This is not a Library Sponsored Program.