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Margaret Atwood

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Margaret Atwood was born in 1939 in Ottawa and grew up in northern Ontario, Quebec, and Toronto. She received her undergraduate degree from Victoria College at the University of Toronto and her master's degree from Radcliffe College.

Throughout her writing career, Margaret Atwood has received numerous awards and honourary degrees. She is the author of more than thirty-five volumes of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and non-fiction and is perhaps best known for her novels, which include The Edible Woman (1970), The Handmaid's Tale (1983), The Robber Bride (1994), Alias Grace (1996), and The Blind Assassin, which won the prestigious Booker Prize in 2000. Atwood's dystopic novel, Oryx and Crake, was published in 2003. The Tent (mini-fic
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Jan. 2016 Revisit the Shelf -- Group Reread

1969, Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, 215 pages
 
  26 votes, 17.7%

1935, Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier, 320 pages
 
  22 votes, 15.0%

1985, The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood, 311 pages
 
  18 votes, 12.2%

1814, Mansfield Park by Jane Austen, 507 pages
 
  18 votes, 12.2%

 
  18 votes, 12.2%

 
  13 votes, 8.8%

 
  11 votes, 7.5%

1953, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, 227 pages
 
  9 votes, 6.1%

1929, A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway, 293 pages
 
  8 votes, 5.4%

1951, The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk, 560 pages
 
  4 votes, 2.7%

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