Harvard Book Club --March 22

The next Harvard Club of Cincinnati Book Club meeting is set for Wednesday, April 22, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at the Bronte Cafe in the Joseph Beth Bookstore.

The selected book for our is The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood.


Editorial Reviews:

“A taut thriller, a psychological study, a play on words.…A rich and complex book.”

–New York Times

“Atwood has peered behind the curtain into some of the darkest, most secret, yet oddly erotic corners of the mind, and the result is a fascinating, wonderfully written, and disturbing cautionary tale.”

–Toronto Sun

“A novel that will both chill and caution readers and which may challenge everyday assumptions.…It is an imaginative accomplishment of a high order. . . . ”

–London Free Press

About the Author:

Born on November 18th, 1939, Margaret Atwood is the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays.  In addition to The Handmaid’s Tale (now a Hulu series) her novels include The Blind Assassin (winner of the Booker Prize), Alias Grace (winner of the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy), The Robber Bride, Cat’s Eye, The Penelopiad, The Heart Goes Last, and Hag-Seed, a novel revisitation of Shakespeare’s play The Tempest, for the Hogarth Shakespeare Project. Her latest book of short stories is Stone Mattress: Nine Tales.  She is also the author of the graphic novel Angel Cat­bird (with cocreator Johnnie Christmas). Margaret Atwood lives in Toronto with writer Graeme Gibson.


The Handmaid's Tale is a novel of such power that the reader will be unable to forget its images and its forecast. Set in the near future, it describes life in what was once the United States and is now called the Republic of Gilead, a monotheocracy that has reacted to social unrest and a sharply declining birthrate by reverting to, and going beyond, the repressive intolerance of the original Puritans. The regime takes the Book of Genesis absolutely at its word, with bizarre consequences for the women and men in its population.

The story is told through the eyes of Offred, one of the unfortunate Handmaids under the new social order. In condensed but eloquent prose, by turns cool-eyed, tender, despairing, passionate, and wry, she reveals to us the dark corners behind the establishment's calm facade, as certain tendencies now in existence are carried to their logical conclusions. The Handmaid's Tale is funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing. It is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and a tour de force. It is Margaret Atwood at her best.

When: Thursday, 04/20/17 at 7:30pm - 9:30pm | iCal


Bronte Bistro--Joseph Beth Bookstore
2692 Madison Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45208

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Other book suggestions for future meetings are:

Ten Thousand Lovers by Edeet Ravel (fiction)
"The Boy Who Couldn't Stop Washing:  The Experience and Treatment of
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder," by Judith L. Rappoport (non-fiction)
Choderlos de Laclos, "Dangerous Liaisons” (fiction: at
least three movies have been based on this 18th century novel all
about “seduction.”)
"The Story of the Jews:  Finding the Words 100BC-1492 AD,” by Simon
Schama (non-fiction)
"The Industries of the Future," by Alex Ross (warmly recommend by
Fareed Zacaria) (non-fiction)
"At the Klaxon's Call," by Philip Rowe (fiction)
"The Narrow Road to the Deep North," by Richard Flanagan (non-fiction)
"The Plot Against America," by Philip Roth (fiction)
"Root Shock:  The Consequences of African American Dispossession,"  by
Mindy Thompson Fullilove (non-fiction)
"City of God," by E. L. Doctorow (fiction)
"The Only Street in Paris:  Life on the Rue des Martyrs," by Elaine
Sciolino (non-fiction)
"Persian Mirrors: The Illusive Face of Iran," by Elaine Sciolino (non-fiction)
"Old Filth" by Jane Gardam
"Middlemarch" by George Eliot,
"The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created
the Digital Revolution" by Walter Isaacson (non-fiction)
"The Joy of Mathematics: Discovering Mathematics All Around You" by
Theoni Pappas (non-fiction)
"Finding Zero: A Mathematician's Odyssey to Uncover the Origins of
Numbers" by Amir D. Aczel (non-fiction)
"Oryx and Crake" by Margaret Atwood (fiction)


Questions: Contact Book Club Chair Steve Strauss, sdstrauss@earthlink.net