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Reading Guides

English Professor and One Book Faculty Chair, Helen Thompson, created a guide for groups interested in discussing Margaret Atwood’s novel, The Handmaid’s Tale. The guide explores the book's themes and presents questions to facilitate deeper thinking about the topics and ideas Atwood presents.

We have provided the reading guide for anyone in the community—including residence halls, residence colleges, and academic and professional departments—to use when leading discussion groups. Click here for a printable copy of the reading guide. 

If you would like a One Book fellow to facilitate a discussion group for you, email us at or call us at 847-467-2294, and we will set up a date and time for your book group discussion.

The Handmaid’s Tale: A Reading Guide

Composed by Helen Thompson, Professor, Department of English
Faculty Chair, One Book One Northwestern 2018 – 19