My Favorite Margaret Atwood Books

the handmaids taleAbout eight years ago I was lucky enough to see Margaret Atwood give a reading here in Salt Lake City. The auditorium was packed. I had been a fan of her fiction and non-fiction for as long as I could remember. I think I first read The Handmaid’s Tale in High School, and she won me over with every single word she wrote since then.

I also remember that reading because the woman next to me in line wanted to have her book signed “to Angelo.”

“Do you want to know who Angelo is?” she asked. Before I could answer, she said, “He’s my cat. He loves Margaret Atwood.”

Hmm…

I’ve decided to cheat a bit with this post. Because I love all of her books, they’re all the best to me. So I’m just going to make a list of Margaret Atwood’s books and hopefully some intrepid reader will find the bibliography and enjoy these wonderful works as much as I have. But I haven’t read all of her poetry, and don’t plan on doing so, so I’ll leave that to some other artistic soul.

Long Fiction in chronological order

  • The Edible Woman
  • Surfacing
  • Lady Oracle
  • Life Before Man
  • Bodily Harm
  • The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Cat’s Eye
  • The Robber Bride
  • Alias Grace
  • The Blind Assassin
  • Oryx and Crake (fantastic dystopian book)
  • The Penelopiad (retelling of Odysseus)
  • The Year of the Flood

Short Fiction by Margaret Atwood

  • Dancing Girls
  • Murder In The Dark
  • Bluebeard’s Egg
  • Wilderness Tips
  • Good Bones
  • Good Bones and Simple Murders (this has a amazing introduction)
  • The Labrador Fiasco
  • The Tent
  • Moral Disorder

Non-fiction

  • Survival: A Thematic Guide To Canadian Literature
  • Days of The Rebels
  • Second Words
  • Through The One-Way Mirror
  • Strange Things
  • Negotiating With The Dead (one of my favorite books about writing)
  • Moving Targets: Writing With Intent
  • Payback: Debt And the Shadow Side Of Wealth (combine with Where Does The Money Go? and you get a pretty sobering view of finance)

The end, for now. She writes a lot, and I hope she’ll knock out another few dozen books before she is through.

Josh

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