Hello! Happy Thursday night! We’re here to talk books while we share some space with the open threaders. Last week I asked for some suggestions, and you all really came through! Learn which book we’ll be tackling next, after the cut.
With over a dozen choices in the comments, I chose the one that 1) got the most mentions, and 2) I’ve already read and feel fairly confident discussing intelligently. That book is (drumroll, please!) The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.
You’ll have two weeks to read before we start discussing the plot, characters, themes, etc. Next week, we’re going to look at the book in the context of contemporary women’s issues, including reproductive choice, and the power and reach of religion and classism. The following week we’ll talk about the book itself, and the week after we’ll take a look at the movie. The last week, we’ll have a rousing discussion on women in dystopic novels, comparing The Handmaid’s Tale with other books with female protagonists and dystopic themes.
And for our open threaders, here’s a little completely unrelated music to set the tone for your evening:
Because nothing says Thursday like C-list hair bands from 20 years ago.