AE Monthly Book Club: January 2017

Happy New Year’s, everyone! The beginning of a year means a fresh round of book selections for us to enjoy with one another. In order to break in 2017, we’ve selected a novel that’s both challenging and rewarding. The Handmaid’s Tale is sure to get your juices flowing after the holidays.


For January we will be reading Margaret Atwood’s classic work of speculative fiction, The Handmaid’s Tale. Released in 1985, the novel is set in a dystopia made from what once was the United States sometime after the government was overthrown by a totalitarian theocracy. It’s not only a book that’s been feeling kind of prescient these days, but one that is prime for adaptation. There’s even a Hulu series coming out in a couple months. The publisher’s description reads:

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.

The Handmaid’s Tale is split into 46 chapters among 15 sections so to ensure that everyone remains on the same page, we have divided all the chapters as evenly as possible throughout the weeks of January.
Here’s our reading guide:

January 1 – January 8: Chapters 1 – 12

January 9– January 15: Chapters 13 – 23

January 16 – January 22: Chapters 24 – 34

January 23 – January 31: Chapters 35 – 46

As with every month, we will hold Twitter polls and an opportunity to join the conversation with the hashtag #AEBookClub. If you’d like to suggest a cinema-related book for future book club readings, please e-mail your suggestion to or contact us on Twitter @WeTalkMovies.

Happy Reading.

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Ryan MacLean
Born and raised in the frigid wastes of Canada, Ryan is a part-time critic and a full time movie lover. He has an embarrassing amount of knowledge on all things nerdy.