The Complete List of Margaret Atwood Books

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Welcome to our complete, alphabetical list of novels and short story collections from the legendary Canadian author Margaret Atwood. You will find both full-length novels and short story collections listed here, but they may expand into full novels, novellas, or even short novel series as the case may be.

NameCategoryProduct
Selected PoemsBest OverallSelected Poems
Moral Disorder: A StoryBudget PickMoral Disorder: A Story
True StoriesUpgrade PickTrue Stories

1. Selected Poems

Our rating: 9 / 10

Selected Poems

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Pros:

  • A great example of the poetry of Atwood
  • Includes poetry from different stages of her work

Margaret Atwood’s Selected Poems is a classic poetry collection from a literary master. This is not a book for beginners of her writing, it was compiled after she had already established a formidable writing career.

This poetry collection paints a picture of all stages of Atwood’s poetry career. Included is material from her early years, unpublished works, and her more recent creative writing. This unique collection is a delight to read as it showcases the growth of her writing over time and her thoughts about the world around her.

2. You are happy

Our rating: 8 / 10

You are happy

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And should be feeling joyous! (Or at least less miserable.)

3. Selected Poems : 1966-1984

Our rating: 8 / 10

Selected Poems : 1966-1984

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The Selected Poems of Margaret Atwood were published in 1985. They cover her first 30 years as a poet, from 1966 to 1985, and they originally appeared in publications such as The Malahat Review, The New Quarterly, and Alphabet.

The book contains poems written about her cats, her grandmother, and fishing in northern Ontario. Again, As well as all the poems are gathered here, there are also drawings by artist Susan Stohel.

4. True Stories

Our rating: 8 / 10

True Stories

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Selected Nonfiction

This book is a compilation of essays and nonfiction pieces from Margaret Atwood. With this book, you can really see how her thoughts are transformed into even further depths in some of her best known novels. This compilation really makes her a master of non-fiction writing and it shows in a lot of her novels.

5. Stone Mattress: Nine Tales

Our rating: 8 / 10

Stone Mattress: Nine Tales

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This collection by Margaret Atwood is a beautifully and uniquely illustrated edition which includes ten original stories and a lyric essay. Stone Mattress is the latest book by Atwood. It is a unique blend of the literary and the musical, and includes a CD of Atwood reading five of her own tales, accompanied by the soprano Dawn Upshaw. Seven of the pieces include original music by composer Sarah Watkins. The tales are linked together by the Greek chorus visible a few times on the book cover. The tales are wide-ranging in origin, and place.

The stories take place in a small Ontario town, in the imaginary kingdom of Oceana, in ancient Rome, in a dismal Canadian winter, and on a remote Canadian island. The stories include a Japanese woman trying to come to terms with the end of her marriage, a teenager discovering poetry, and a creepy one about a murderer who keeps his beloved wife’s severed head in a bowling bag.

The book includes black and white illustrations throughout (such as the covers and the drawings accompanying the Tomatoes tale) and a CD of Atwood reading. The tales are imaginative and strange, full of quirky, realistic characters, and some chilling images, particularly in the last tale, the title story.

6. Life Before Man

Our rating: 8 / 10

Life Before Man

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In this collection of interrelated short stories, Margaret Atwood writes of a world where love exists, but so does hardship and loss. The first two stories chronicle the declining relationship between two scientists, and the remainder include a romance between a poet and a mystic, a love triangle involving a woman with Alzheimer's, and the tragedy of an astronaut and his wife. This is Atwood writing at her very best.

7. Surfacing

Our rating: 8 / 10

Surfacing

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Pros:

  • Atwood's best work
  • Excellent blend of writing and plot
  • A beautiful exploration of uncertainties and isolation.
  • Intense and powerful prose
  • Slow-paced but intriguing novel for great character development

Cons:

  • The author's reflection of culture can be said as irritating or inviting
  • Slow to start and not for everyone
  • Confusing for most readers

Surfacing is a Canadian novel by Margaret Atwood first published in 1972. The plot follows a young woman, a Canadian who is trying to repress her memories of a disastrous canoe trip as therapy.

In the process, she finds herself questioning not just her own internal demons, but also the current state and future of her country.

Surfacing was Atwood's first published novel, and it established her as a unique voice in Canadian literature. Throughout her career, the author has averaged two or three works of major critical and commercial success per decade.

8. The Circle Game

Our rating: 7 / 10

The Circle Game

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For many years, critics have acclaimed Margaret Atwood's The Circle Game as a classic of Canadian literature. Now, in a new afterword for the Dalkey edition, Atwood reveals exactly where and when the story came from.

In an anonymous, snowbound town, a poor, ten-year-old girl who lives in a cabin with two older, "simple-minded" siblings takes in a lost, frozen puppy, and is brutally and cruelly punished by the town's residents.

The adult years of the girl, Sarah, still scarred by that incident, parallel the rise and fall of the Circle Game, an eccentric variation of the children's game prisoner's base — with variations such as the dog catcher.

9. Power Politics: Poems

Our rating: 7 / 10

Power Politics: Poems

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10. Days of the rebels: 1815-1840

Our rating: 7 / 10

Days of the rebels: 1815-1840

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11. Strange Things: The Malevolent North in Canadian Literature

Our rating: 6 / 10

Strange Things: The Malevolent North in Canadian Literature

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I’ve been wrestling with a quote from the author Margaret Atwood. She says, “If you think a thing is impossible, you’re probably right, but don’t give up until you’ve at least tried.”

12. Selected Poems II: 1976

Our rating: 6 / 10

Selected Poems II: 1976

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Pros:

  • Popular in the world of poetry reading.
  • This book is considered to be one of the best books to read of Atwood.

Cons:

  • This book is not having as many amazing features the other books have.

13. Procedures for Underground

Our rating: 6 / 10

Procedures for Underground

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The biggest problem with the Toronto Subway system is always the same: a failed signal light. It will cascade from station to station, platform to platform and people will have to stand in the tunnels and wait to be rescued by the transit workers. And when that time finally comes, it will happen in multiples. With the tunnels flooded or some other problem.

Similar to The Handmaid's Tale, Procedures for Underground takes place in a dystopian society called the Republic of Gilead. (Oh, you’ve never heard of it, not surprising.)

The main character, Grace, is a young woman who takes a part-time job in a what seems like a normal government office. She works for a man with wine-colored glasses and it only makes the reality that much more real for her. Grace’s job is to read documents that have been taken from various government agencies. These were supposed to be destroyed, but due to budget cuts, they’re not just a hazard for the workers there, they might be a threat to all of Gilead’s citizens.

14. Morning in the Burned House

Our rating: 6 / 10

Morning in the Burned House

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Pros:

  • Tells a sweet love story
  • Strong female characters
  • Uses the Amazon as a background
  • Lyrical storytelling
  • Questions the power of the Gods
  • Examines whether an individual can truly change his or her fate
  • Builds up to a dramatic, but not predictable, ending

Cons:

  • Traces of the fantasy genre
  • May get a little confusing at times

A genre bender, this novel breaks the barriers between Sci Fi and Fantasy to create a hauntingly beautiful story of an individual's role in the grand scheme of the universe.

It's difficult to compare Morning in the Burned House to any other Margaret Atwood novel. It's beautifully written and creates a vision of the Amazon that is completely different from what we're used to. The story centers around a young girl who grows up with the indigenous people of the region and falls in love with one of their leaders.

She has a vision of the sapphire eyes of Olin, the son of the sun god, which persuades her to defy destiny and marry him. They later have a son named Orion who is killed by a jaguar, leaving the doomed couple with one last chance to change their fate.

15. Two-Headed Poems

Our rating: 6 / 10

Two-Headed Poems

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Pros:

  • Her poetry is beautiful
  • Poems are often heartbreaking
  • Great writing style
  • Short verses
  • It is incredible that Margaret Atwood started writing poetry at the age of 8
  • She is an amazing speaker

Cons:

  • Can be a heavy but well worth the read
  • It is difficult to find some of her poems

A lot of critics have dubbed Margaret Atwood as the future of Canadian literature. Although she is not for everyone, it is impossible to deny her talent. Her use of imagination in her works are what makes her an admired writer. Her poetry is incredible, and it draws comparisons to the works of Emily Dickinson and Elizabeth Bishop.

The poems are short and simple, but what Atwood manages to accomplish is remarkable. She is able to convey an emotion with very few words and a lot of poetry. The book is beautiful, and it is one of the best Canadian poetry books to date. Her poetry never fails to get you.

16. MADDADDAM TRILOGY BOX: Oryx & Crake; The Year of the Flood; Maddaddam

Our rating: 6 / 10

MADDADDAM TRILOGY BOX: Oryx & Crake; The Year of the Flood; Maddaddam

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Pros:

  • Dark dystopian themes
  • Short, fast paced reads
  • Compelling characters in a bizarre and unique world
  • Themes of religion, science, and humanity
  • Published well after the hype died down
  • Witty writing style

Cons:

  • Hard to follow the action at times
  • Some will not care for the writing style

The Maddaddam Trilogy consists of three books that tell a single story that developed from an earlier short story trilogy that gave rise to the Maddaddam trilogy.

The book opens with the intrusion of the previously unseen Crake in a fully-engineered and radically altered post-apocalyptic setting. It is part of a reconstruction of the human genome grafted by Crake on the residents of the Compound, an underground colony founded by men who survived a massive, world-spanning plague.

She describes the mysterious events that have brought about this transformation, including the disappearance of most of the human population and the rise of Crake's genius, genetics-obsessed Crakers: a group of human-like creatures with pig, dog and rabbit DNA.

17. Eating Fire

Our rating: 6 / 10

Eating Fire

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Pros:

  • Sets up milieu of protagonist’s life and culture
  • Shows nature of sexism and attitude toward women’s issues in Middle Eastern countries
  • Tackles issues of female circumcision and honor killing

Cons:

  • Ending feels overly sentimental
  • Characters are a tad underdeveloped

Taming Water.

Eating Fire, Taming Water is the first in the Gul Aspara series. The novel starts off as an intriguing mystery as the protagonist returns from the United States to Kurdistan, Iraq, where she is greeted with the news that all her family and friends have been killed in a suicide bombing while at an engagement party. Or is it a suicide bombing? Her family and the media say it is so, but she is not convinced.

The novel is being hailed for its rich intimate portrayal of the Kurdish culture. The story is engaging and well-crafted, the characters are interesting, and the setting is very vivid.

18. The Edible Woman

Our rating: 6 / 10

The Edible Woman

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Pros:

  • First book in the “The Edible Woman” series
  • Written from a first person female perspective

Cons:

  • Does not have a precise plot

One of the most significant aspects of this book is the way that it recognizes and explores in wide detail the process of a young woman's loss of self. It is an observation of the lack of fulfillment and the dissatisfaction that a woman's life can present.

It is a story about a woman who, much like Atwood herself, realizes that she is dissatisfied with her life and the roles that have been placed upon her.

And while this dissatisfaction may be present at various stages of a woman's life, it is especially present in the transition from single and carefree to married and taking care of a family.

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20. The Handmaid's Tale

Our rating: 6 / 10

The Handmaid's Tale

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Pros:

  • Very well written
  • Engaging and fun read
  • Thrilling drama
  • Political satire
  • Characters felt believable and set in a plausible environment
  • Enjoyable read

Cons:

  • Sometimes too dramatic
  • You should really go in knowing nothing about the film adaptation
  • Not the best example of feminism

This book was a fun read. It was engaging and thought provoking. It's fun to experience something that is both relevant and foreboding as you read. The book is a vision of things that could be. I believe it was meant to be cautionary.

I'm not a huge fan of science fiction but I was drawn into this book and couldn't put it down. I did feel like the men's reactions to Gilead and their training were rather dramatic. I felt like that could be a little more realistic.

The author definitely has a political stance that could be interpreted as feminist. She definitely shows the way that a society can be pushed into such a far extreme. One can easily draw parallels to present day fundamentalist Muslim religion and the after-effects of political events that spurred this book.

21. Interlunar

Our rating: 6 / 10

Interlunar

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Pros*:

22. Lady Oracle

Our rating: 6 / 10

Lady Oracle

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Pros:

  • Strong female protagonist
  • A creative story
  • A good writing style

Cons:

  • Some consider it predictable
  • The author keeps repeating her points

Lady Oracle is the story of Joan Ellis, a woman born without fingers on her right hand who sets out to write a novel and find money. Joan's life is turned upside down by her novelist ex-husband's death. In the aftermath of his death, Joan tries to make sense of his life and her own.

This book teaches us that we must fall down in order to get up again. Joan herself states, “I wanted to fail a thousand times and rise a thousand times out of my failure.”

The main symbol of this novel is color. The author kept using the color red throughout the book to evoke blood, anger, and passion. The protagonist, Joan, is a passionate and complex woman. This novel is so exciting! I was immediately drawn to the characters as soon as I started reading. I couldn’t put it down.

23. Alias Grace: A Novel

Our rating: 6 / 10

Alias Grace: A Novel

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Pros:

  • Exposes the dark side of humanity
  • Powerful female protagonist
  • Historical Fiction

Cons:

  • Deals with difficult subjects
  • Mature themes

Alias Grace is inspired by the true story of Grace Marks. She was a 19th century Irish immigrant in Canada who murdered the man who employed her as a housemaid, along with his mistress. Marks served a lengthy prison sentence, but its unclear if she was ever actually innocent.

Alias Grace is a brilliantly written historical fiction novel that will blow your mind by the end of it. It is part of the the canadian writer Margaret Atwood's historical fiction novels series along with the Blind Assassin.

24. Murder In The Dark

Our rating: 6 / 10

Murder In The Dark

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Pros:

  • Feminist
  • Dystopian
  • Sharp and well written
  • Best selling novel
  • Endlessly interesting

First published in 1983, this literary thriller has been praised by people from all over the world. The novel creates a very mysterious and troubling atmosphere to evoke the Canadian wilderness.

The story revolves around activists across Canada who are at odds with the system and their own systems. To stir chaos and break the system, the activists murder randomly and violently.

The novel is set in is a stark and cold surrounding and the story develops through the eyes of the main character, Del Jordan. She is at a turning point in her life, as she is forced to choose between her own life and her activist friends.

25. Writing with Intent: Essays

Our rating: 6 / 10

Writing with Intent: Essays

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Pros:

  • You can learn a lot about Margaret Atwood through this book
  • The size is compact and easy to read
  • The essays are well written and engaging
  • She has some brilliant insights into the art of writing
  • It's a comprehensive collection of her work, providing you with most of her published works

Cons:

  • It's on the expensive side as far as bestselling authors go
  • There are some pieces that may not be the most interesting or relevant to you

The most comprehensive collection of Margaret Atwood's writing, Writing with Intent is a must-have for any Margaret Atwood fan. You will find here a wide catalog of her essays, reviews, and personal prose, including stories, humor, and poetry. Almost all of her collected works are found in here, including special pieces she has written for various publications.

A writer who has a very distinct voice and a brilliant command of the written word, Atwood shares with her readers her philosophies and beliefs about writing and the art in this compilation.

This book allows you to learn a lot about the esteemed author as you read through these pieces. The essays are engaging and brilliantly written, and she has some great insights about the craft of writing. This book is the most comprehensive collection of Atwood's essays, interviews, stories, and other personal writings.

26. The Testaments: The Sequel to The Handmaid's Tale

Our rating: 6 / 10

The Testaments: The Sequel to The Handmaid's Tale

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Pros:

  • A good follow-up to the original
  • A good sequel
  • Political, but not in-your-face

Cons:

  • Taking liberties with no character redirection of Offred
  • The parallels to the current political and religious regression are distracting

In the future, we witness the rise of a new society where women are subjugated and unfulfilled. Elizabeth Moss's "Offred," are considered the chance to save humanity. It follows the fascinating, but unfulfilling life of 'Offred.' The name given to 'Offred' (the narrator) in the futuristic, dystopian, totalitarian, misogynistic The Republic of Gilead.

Offred is married to “the Commander (Joseph Fiennes), and has had 5 children, all of whom have been taken from her by the regime. But as the story goes, Offred learns that she has 6th child growing inside of her. This leads more questions to her mind than answers.

The Testaments:

  • Taking liberties with no character redirection of Offred
  • The parallels to the current political and religious regression are distracting

27. Oryx and Crake

Our rating: 6 / 10

Oryx and Crake

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Pros:

  • MaddAddam trilogy is fast paced
  • Themes of genetic engineering, post-apocalypse, survival
  • Use of animals as a theme in the novel
  • Interesting characters and compelling plot
  • Vivid description
  • The book raises a lot of questions related to bioengineering, the environment and our society
  • Use of powerful language
  • Is thought-provoking
  • Will make you think about issues of relevance

Cons:

  • Some readers might be put-off because of the use of the concept of zoology (animals) in the novel
  • The book has scientific terminologies that might be difficult for some readers
  • The book might require a lot of concentration to understand the plot and the theme
  • Some readers might be put-off by the use of animal-related terminologies

The book follows the story of Jimmy and Toby. Jimmy is a brilliant biotechnology expert with a strange childhood with his father being involved with controversial scientific experiments. After an unfortunate incident, he is left alone along with his pet wolf, a Crake who is created by his father. This leads to his struggle as a young boy and his journey to adulthood. The book has a good storyline; it is fast-paced, full of vibrant characters and is a must-read for anyone who loves dystopian novels.

28. Bluebeard's Egg: Stories

Our rating: 6 / 10

Bluebeard's Egg: Stories

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Pros:

  • Collection of short stories
  • Diversity of settings and themes
  • Interesting and original topics
  • Plain language makes for easy reading

Cons:

  • Some of the stories are a bit weird
  • Some of the stories are a bit confusing

Bluebeard's Egg: Stories is a collection of short stories by Canadian writer Margaret Atwood. The book represents Atwood's early short stories from the 1950s until 1970s.

Originally published in 1983, the book earned Atwood several awards, including the Trillium Book Award and the Canadian Authors Association Prize.

The stories in this collection reflect her interests in how women's lives are shaped by society. The stories are mostly focused on the feminist perspective reflected in different characters, viewpoints, and settings.

29. The Blind Assassin: A Novel

Our rating: 6 / 10

The Blind Assassin: A Novel

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Pros:

  • Gorgeous prose
  • Interesting background stories
  • Well developed characters
  • Covers controversial topics
  • Great epilogue

Atwood is like a magician with words. The Blind Assassin is a mesmerizing read. Two woman, one older, one younger, are the main characters in the story. The even more fascinating subplots included in the book are great background stories.

Atwood’s writing style is so memorable that you can remember even random lines long after you’ve read them. I’ve highlighted many passages in this very book and still reference them often, even a few years after finishing it.

The story follows two generations of women in De Waterkant, a historic neighborhood of Cape Town, South Africa. It’s full of tragedy and sorrow but a glimmer of hope appears at the end of it. Because Atwood will absolutely rip your heart out with her writing but she’ll put it back in after she’s done.

30. The Journals of Susanna Moodie: Poems

Our rating: 6 / 10

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Pros:

  • Can be used as a reference or a novel
  • Beautiful illustrations and development of background characters
  • Engaging narration
  • Poignant, moving story

This is the fifth book of poems and diary entries from the author that takes us from her childhood through her first marriage in the 1830s.

The book is rife with a discussion of social issues that were very controversial during the time including the treatment of the mentally ill.

The most controversial illustration of the issues addressed is the picture of a lynching of an African American which may be too much for some readers. However, the pictures are done in a manner that shows the character development is progressing.

31. Angel Catbird Volume 1

Our rating: 6 / 10

Angel Catbird Volume 1

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Pros:

  • Good art
  • Lots of fun
  • Excellent story
  • Gives a whole new meaning to “meowingtons”
  • Cats and birds and a happy marriage
  • Lots of action
  • Never dull
  • Great humor
  • Good combination of serious and funny
  • Great characters

Angel Catbird Volume 1 is a graphic novel written by Margaret Atwood and Johnnie Christmas. It is a story about a superhero named Angel Catbird in New York City where people were getting attacked by mutated animals and Dr. Strig Feleedus discover a new bird species called Catbird which he had a genetic transplant done to his DNA to turn him into a superhero.

He then meets Catthulu the Cat and Catzilla the Cat who help him on where to go after his transformation. They go on to capture a wolf and a pterodactyl who were also attacking people.

Angel Catbird is also a good combination of serious and funny that you won’t find in any other superhero stories. It teaches us how we should never give up on finding the best in us and to stand up for what is right, even when the going gets tough.

32. The Year of the Flood

Our rating: 6 / 10

The Year of the Flood

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Pros:

  • Great character variety
  • Interesting storyline
  • Great plot
  • Well written
  • Great imagery
  • Good introduction to MaddAddam
  • Keeps you on your toes (in a good way)
  • Great narrators

Cons:

  • Sometimes confusing
  • Close to the end
  • At some points, seems a little slow
  • Death and disability in the spotlight
  • Highly recommended for mature audiences

The Year of the Flood is a brilliant read that was just published a year ago. It is the sequel to the amazing The Handmaid's Tale. This book is the second book in a trilogy. Did you enjoy The Handmaid's Tale? If yes, then you're in for an excellent treat while reading this one.

Margaret Atwood is a great author and has a way with words. She mixes reality with fiction in such a creative way. The human mind never ceased to amaze me. It seems that as the civilized world progresses, our minds get murkier in a metaphorical sense. The setting of this book is during the same period as the book The Handmaid's Tale, but this book takes place in Toronto and also in the year 2033.

33. The Robber Bride

Our rating: 6 / 10

The Robber Bride

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Pros:

  • Brilliant Psychological Thriller
  • Surprises at Every Turn of the Page
  • Psychological depth of character
  • Brings new layers to the trope of "The Bad Girl"
  • Shocking ending

Cons:

  • Some Narrative Overlap
  • The Tone May Not Be to Everyone's Liking

"The Robber Bride" is Margaret Atwood's 1994 Nebula Award Finalist, a 1995 World Fantasy Award Nominee for Best Novel, and a 1996 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award Winner. This book follows the life of Zenia, an infamous seductress known for her ruthlessness, as she comes back to haunt her former friends and their circle of lesbian artists in the city of Toronto.

With this very unique and fascinating literary style, Lady Atwood creates in Zenia a multi-faceted, complex character who remains fascinating from beginning to end. Many have noticed how unusual and humane Atwood is in her depiction of a sociopath, which makes up for a very compelling reading experience.

What starts out as a mystery to solve events that happen in the past, ends up turning into an exploration of character motivation and responsibility, with plenty of surprises along the way.

34. In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination

Our rating: 6 / 10

In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination

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Pros:

  • Wide-ranging selection of topics covered
  • Clearly written with a developed voice
  • Insights into the state of the genre

In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination by Canadian writer and poet Margaret Atwood is a wide-ranging exploration of science fiction and the genres relationship with the human imagination. The book looks at both specific works and theories covering a span of 2000 years. It also looks at the current state of the genre and its related genres.

Margaret Atwood writes in an easy, modern style. Her writing is clear and accessible. She is able to write about high-level topics without the feel of academia. In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination is a great read for anyone who is interested in science fiction and its relevance to the human condition.

35. The Penelopiad

Our rating: 6 / 10

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Pros:

  • Leaps through time
  • Tells the story of Penelope from another perspective
  • Reminds us to look at stories from other points of view
  • Unique format
  • Short and sweet

The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood jumps through time as its focus is Penelope’s story. It provides a new way to see the Odyssey by taking the story from the perspective of the women who were oppressed during and after the Trojan War.

Atwood has made a name for herself for looking at social issues from a nonbiased point of view. This story is part of a series of Myths retold by Canongate. It is a short and sweet novel by a famous writer.

Females who have to submit to a society they do not agree with will love the Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood. It’s a unique format that tells a classic story in a new way to make you question the world we live in.

36. Negotiating with the Dead: A Writer on Writing

Our rating: 6 / 10

Negotiating with the Dead: A Writer on Writing

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37. Hag-Seed: William Shakespeare's The Tempest Retold: A Novel

Our rating: 6 / 10

Hag-Seed: William Shakespeare's The Tempest Retold: A Novel

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Pros:

  • Easy to read
  • No footnotes to interrupt the story

A reimagined version of Shakespeare's The Tempest retold through the eyes of Felix, its villain, Hag-Seed features two plays bundled into 304 pages of a modern Shakespearean novel.

Felix was once a big Broadway director, a hotshot with all the connections to make his own projects a reality. Then he lets the success go to his head, and his Hollywood starlet ex-girlfriend becomes pregnant with his child. Suddenly he's facing the prospect of being a single parent and a dejected has-been.

His last chance for redemption arrives when a prison organization from a nearby community asks him to create their annual theatrical production. Felix accepts, but this faux Shakespearean comedy about chaos is anything but funny in his eyes.

38. Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth

Our rating: 5 / 10

Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth

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Pros:

  • Examines the issue of credit
  • Provides a more holistic view of debt
  • Focuses on the disparity between the rich and the poor
  • Readable and insightful exploration of our culture of debt
  • Provides a complete explanation of the fundamentals of the credit industry
  • Provocative outlook from the author
  • Contains a lot of great analysis of the credit system
  • Contrasts the media’s role in the modern financial system
  • Provides useful analysis of the modern American economy
  • Does a great job of contrasting American and European perspectives on debt

Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth is the most engaging book I have ever read on the topic of debt. The author writes with a great sense of humor, and it is much more readable and interesting than an analysis of this length typically is.

This book really presents a fascinating look into the world of debt and credit. The author does a good job of examining how debt affects the daily lives of the average person.

Debt is a common part of most people’s life. This book gives a much more complete and balanced view of the debt system. The author explains that debt allows for greater economic growth, but only for a select few.

39. Cat's Eye

Our rating: 5 / 10

Cat's Eye

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Pros:

  • Quirky and fantastic characters
  • Heart warming
  • Amazing writing and beautiful prose
  • A page turner

Cons:

  • Parts can be slow in pace
  • Does not end in a typical fashion

The Cat's Eye is a typical coming-of-age tale except that the protagonist loses her innocence and discovers what true friendship really means.

The writing is so powerful, that even though it stretches over a period of forty years, from her youth to her adulthood, you never feel like the story drags on. The shifting style of narration helps you to keep interest.

This book is sprinkled with matchless prose, clever wordplay, and so many quotable lines that you will remember for years to come.

40. Angel Catbird Volume 3: The Catbird Roars

Our rating: 5 / 10

Angel Catbird Volume 3: The Catbird Roars

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Angel Catbird is created and written by Margaret Atwood and Johnnie Christmas, with artwork by Christmas and Tamra Bonvillain. The multi-volume series is published by Dark Horse Comics.

This graphic novel volume continues to tell the story of the superhero Angel Catbird, who happens to be both a superhero and a genetic scientist from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. His friends include Rat Girl, Ra the Sun God, and Spider Mike.

Also included in this volume are three regular short stories all written by Atwood. The stories are about a woman who has been kidnapped by aliens, a talking serial killer, and a family of true crime enthusiasts.

41. MaddAddam

Our rating: 5 / 10

MaddAddam

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Pros:

  • Excellent and well-written fiction
  • Thought-provoking reading
  • Compelling and rich in themes
  • A great read, both for those who read the trilogy and those who didn’t
  • Atwood is an excellent writer

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42. The Tent

Our rating: 5 / 10

The Tent

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Pros:

  • Contemporary voice
  • Quiet, thoughtful read
  • Short, so you can start and stop easily
  • Memorable ending

Cons:

  • Themes and structure might not be for everyone
  • There's no backstory on why the narrator is telling this story

This is another fantastic book from Margaret Atwood. It's very short and told in first-person, but is still somehow thrilling. It's a great read for anyone looking for something a little different.

It's perfect for the bedtime hour because it's easy to follow, dreamy, and satisfying. It also has a fantastic ending that has us thinking about the story days later.

Bottom line: It's a little weird, but good. We highly recommend this book and have included it on our list of best short stories.

43. Bodily Harm

Our rating: 5 / 10

Bodily Harm

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The first Atwood book I read was Bodily Harm, the story of a young college student lured into a trap created by her professor. The professor is obsessed with her; he wants her to be his muse, he wants to possess her.

I have to admit that this wasn’t my favorite book of Margaret Atwood’s. The story is compelling–it will keep you turning the pages–but in some ways, it reminded me of a soap opera. It almost felt like the story needed more grit. In the end, I think Atwood watered it down in order to appeal to a wider audience.

The main character Gabrielle, a student at the university, is a typical college student. She drinks, she smokes pot, she sleeps around. Gabrielle doesn’t think she will ever end up in the same rut as her parents. She is ambitious enough to know that she is destined for something better, and besides, she has talent. Gabrielle is a poet, which by Atwood standards is a pretty grim outlook on life.

44. Good Bones

Our rating: 5 / 10

Good Bones

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Pros:

  • Well researched
  • Engaging
  • Easy to read
  • Keeps the storyline going
  • Lots of characters
  • Page turning
  • An easy read
  • Easy to imagine the characters
  • Fast paced
  • Well written

Cons:

  • Characters are far out there
  • Outlandish
  • Salcedo is a weak character
  • A little slow at times
  • A little far-fetched

Margaret Atwood is a well-known Canadian author of speculative fiction, poetry, and literary criticism. She’s most popular for her Handmaid’s Tale and Robber Bride. The Complete list of Margaret Atwood books is one of a kind and can be a hit or miss for different readers.

Our rating: 5 / 10

Dancing Girls: And Other Stories

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Pros:

  • Takes you on a fascinating journey
  • Courage, beauty, and independence
  • Popular stories
  • Vivid and exciting language
  • Can be used for short story lessons in class
  • Easy to read

Cons:

  • Some stories do not work as well as others
  • Might lose your attention
  • A few may lose your interest

Margaret Atwood has provided us with a nice set of short stories including Dancing Girls and Other Stories, which makes it easy to pick them up and read them at any point in the future. The stories are very different from each other, allowing for a lot of value and entertainment.

The stories in this book discuss a wide range of topics, from the need for courage to the fight for freedom. They make for a very exciting read and are also recommended for students who are taking a class in short stories.

46. Moral Disorder: A Story

Our rating: 5 / 10

Moral Disorder: A Story

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Pros:

  • Short stories by a famous Canadian author
  • Easy read
  • A good reminder of how scary humanity can be

Cons:

  • Short stories do not allow for deep character development
  • Little action

Specially released to herald the launch of Margaret Atwood’s short story app “Moral Disorder: Season One”, Margaret Atwood’s Moral Disorder is one of those unusual works that acts as a sort of prequel to a prequel.

The book opens by introducing us to the main characters: Gary whose job it is to follow up and make sure people have joined the right official clubs. His wife Flo is incredibly wealthy and ambitious. Together, they face a number of problems in their marriage that make both of them very unhappy.

The book is set in the future where people are encouraged to be part of something that gives them a sense of belonging, so Flo and Gary join a few clubs that they clearly don’t belong in. Their first baby doesn’t survive. Gary follows up by continuing to stay part of the clubs that they don’t belong in, hoping to make his marriage work. However, his life will never be the same again.

47. Wilderness Tips

Our rating: 5 / 10

Wilderness Tips

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THE COMPLETE LIST OF MARGARET ATWOOD BOOKS: WILDNESS TIPS (2014). This 100-page small collection of Margaret Atwood's writings on subjects covering a wide range of topics from love to violence while sitting in the wilderness, includes the following pieces:

  • Crow Hopping, Summerside, Prince Edward Island
  • The Watery Part of the World
  • The Wilderness Tips
  • Advice to a Baby Boomer
  • Conserve, Reuse, Recycle
  • The Rancher’s Wife
  • Man and Beast
  • Advice to a Young Man Reconsidering the Religious Life
  • Consider the Senses
  • The Things We Leave Behind
  • When Luxury Cries Out, From Her Finest Hour
  • Two Mosquitoes
  • Journey Up the Island
  • The Inland Road
  • Drilling Earlier, Drilling Now
  • Dispatches from the War on Reality
  • Dispatches from the War on Reality, Part 1, The Inside of the War: American Tourism, Cable Ideology, Canadian Culture-Shock

48. Angel Catbird Volume 2: To Castle Catula

Our rating: 5 / 10

Angel Catbird Volume 2: To Castle Catula

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Pros:

  • Angel Catbird is hilarious
  • It’s a fun read
  • It has many clever little twists
  • A great story about the dangers of pollution and scientific experimentation gone wrong
  • Angel Catbird is a good role model showing that even heroes can have flaws

Cons:

  • It’s a graphic novel, thus not very long
  • Adult readers may not appreciate the comic book style
  • Some of the characters are pretty silly

Let me just start by saying, if you’re an adult who likes comic books, you could very easily get through this little graphic novel in one sitting. It’s a quick, fun read with a lot of clever twists and turns.

Angel Catbird, Vol. 2 picks up with the evil cat scientist Castle Catula’s defeat and capture of Angel Catbird. It’s now up to the optimistic robin superhero, Angel Catbird, to use his new abilities to bring down the evil cat hellbent on transforming earth into a world ruled by cats.

49. War Bears

Our rating: 5 / 10

War Bears

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The fictionalized journey is told through the letters of a female soldier who is serving overseas. The soldier relates the story of her time at the Red Star Kennels and of her trip to Europe when she is ordered to retrieve a dog that captured and killed a German spy.

The main character, who is also an aspiring writer, learns a great deal along her journey about relationships, prejudice, the horrors of war, and humanity. The journey of the dog to find his owner also serves as a metaphor for the journey she has to undertake in her own life to find her own sense of normalcy after the war.

50. Animals in That Country

Our rating: 5 / 10

Animals in That Country

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51. Curious Pursuits: Occasional Writing by Margaret Atwood

Our rating: 4 / 10

Curious Pursuits: Occasional Writing by Margaret Atwood

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52. Survival: A Thematic Guide to Canadian Literature

Our rating: 4 / 10

Survival: A Thematic Guide to Canadian Literature

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Pros:

  • Clear and Affectionate Overview of Canadian Lit
  • Historical and Cultural Contexts Provided
  • Includes Narrow Focus on “Canadian” Authors

Margaret Atwood is a prolific and successful Canadian author. She has written both fiction and poetry, and often explores the relationship between the two.

In 1979, she published Survival: A Thematic Guide to Canadian Literature, which is a considered a literary classic. It’s a lovely overview to Canadian literature that also acts as a guide to her personal tastes and sensibilities.

In Survival: A Thematic Guide to Canadian Literature, she provides biographical info about many of the writers who influenced her, as well as a mini biography she wrote that acts as an overview and assessment of the author.

53. Margaret Atwood: Selected Poems : 1965-1975

Our rating: 4 / 10

Margaret Atwood: Selected Poems : 1965-1975

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54. Second Words: Selected Critical Prose

Our rating: 4 / 10

Second Words: Selected Critical Prose

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Pros:

  • Great Criticisms of Works of Other Writers
  • Discusses Her Writing Process
  • This Is a Rare Collection of Her Unpublished Works
  • Contains One Book in Physical Form

Cons:

  • Only One Full Fiction Book
  • This Is Not for Beginners
  • Book in Physical Form Is No Longer Available

If you don’t know who Margaret Atwood is, then you’re seriously missing out. This Canadian author has commercially and critically flourished over the last few decades. From writing books like the Handmaid’s Tale to being known for her subtle critiques of our world, we are in love with Margaret Atwood.

Second Words is a collection that was created after Margaret Atwood became the Dominion Foundation Professor of the Humanities at the University of Ottawa, and it was published in 2002. It is available in digital form, but it also comes in what was then a physical book. However, the physical copy is now out of print and incredibly hard to come by.

55. The Heart Goes Last: A Novel

Our rating: 4 / 10

The Heart Goes Last: A Novel

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Quote:

"This is one of the best dark romantic comedies of the year, or of any year, really, an impressive feat for a debut novel from an American who has never lived in Canada. Macabre and witty and sly, with a heroine and a hero fighting against the utter decay of society, it takes place at some unknown point in the future, when the American economy has collapsed and the country has succeeded for a brief moment in imprisoning and re-educating criminals. When the single most important currency is food stamps, social order depends on a prison-like love hotel chain… It's one of the weirdest dystopias I've ever encountered, but also the funniest.", Margaret Atwood

56. Margaret Atwood Poems 1976-1986

Our rating: 4 / 10

Margaret Atwood Poems 1976-1986

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"Geraldine, Geraldine".

57. Moving Targets : Writing

Our rating: 2 / 10

Moving Targets : Writing

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Besides writing, Margaret Atwood is a Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, and activist. In her writing, she often addresses feminist themes and environmental issues. In fact, she is considered one of the founders of the Canadian literary two-decades-long debate on canola, the rapeseed oil. She also has written several books that include a series of poetry.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How many handmaids Tales books are there?

Margaret Atwood has written a number of books and novels, many of which are inspired by her time spent living in Canada. Her first major literary success was the award-winning Handmaid’s Tale, which won her the Arthur C. Clarke Award in 1987. The book was so popular that it has since been adapted for television and opera.

Her most recent book, The Heart Goes Last, was published in 2015 and won her the Morningstar Award. Throughout her life, Atwood has frequently ventured into the territory of the speculative and served as a mentor to a number of up-and-coming authors.

What is the order of the Maddaddam trilogy?

The Maddaddam series is comprised of three books: Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood, and Maddaddam. They should be read in order to fully appreciate and understand the series.

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What is Margaret Atwood worth?

The complete list of Margaret Atwood books can be found here. She has written a lot of titles which include:

  • The Blind Assassin (2000)
  • Alias Grace (1996)
  • Cat’s Eye (Owl’s Legacy, 1995)
  • The Circle Game (1966)
  • The Edible Woman (1969)
  • Girl With a Pearl Earring (1995)
  • The Handmaid’s Tale (1985)
  • The Heart Goes Last (2015)
  • The Hired Man (1993)
  • The Journals of Susanna Moodie (1987)
  • Lady Oracle (1976)
  • The Robber Bride (1994)
  • Alias Grace (1996)
  • Stone Mattress (2014)
  • Oryx and Crake (2003)
  • The Penelopiad (2005)
  • The Blind Assassin (2000)

What is Margaret Atwood most famous for?

Margaret Atwood is an acclaimed Canadian novelist, poet, literary critic, essayist, and activist. She has written more than 40 books, 20 of which are fiction, including four novels, two short-story collections, and one collection of essays. Four of her novels, The Handmaid's Tale (1985), Oryx and Crake (2003), The Year of the Flood (2009), and MaddAddam (2013), have been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Her non-fiction books include Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth (2006) and The Penelopiad (2005). The Handmaid’s Tale has been adapted into a TV series with the same title for Hulu. It premiered in April 2017 and garnered high critical acclaim, winning several awards. Her book, Alias Grace, was adapted into a TV series of the same name for CBC in September 2017.

Atwood has been publishing since 1961.

Conclusion

The prolific 74-year-old Canadian poet, novelist, environmental activist, essayist, and businesswoman is quite the Renaissance woman. The Guardian suggests “You should read Atwood sooner rather than later: the floodgates have opened and you'll find her everywhere." From her childhood in rural Canada in a family of nine children, through her careers as a journalist, writer, teacher, and literary novelist, she has been a persistent champion of human rights, freedom, and artistic expression, and is as relevant in today's world as she was in the late 1960's when she wrote her first novel, The Edible Woman, published in 1969.

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