This September stand with Tacoma Public Library as we honor banned and challenged literature. The The Handmaid's Tale has touched the hearts of millions since its debut in 1985. Now a major T.V. series, Margaret Atwood’s story continues to examine the freedom to choose and why we should never take that freedom for granted. Kate Lechtenberg is a contributor to the “Intellectual Freedom Blog” of the American Library Association. Read how The Handmaid’s Tale challenged her perspectives and inspires her day to day life:
“Atwood didn’t let me look away from the quiet horror of Offred’s life in Gilead. I was captivated by her memories and shocked but somehow steadied by Atwood’s precise, clear-eyed depiction of the most dystopian scenes: the Ceremony, the Salvaging. She made me face life’s challenges with eyes wide open: freedom, choice, faith, love. As I re-read the book and shared it with friends, family and students, I began to read Offred’s story as a challenge, not a tragedy.”
Read more of Kate Lechtenberg’s experience of The Handmaid’s Tale and celebrate your freedom to choose.