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The Handmaid's Tale Author Reminds You That You'll Never Please Everyone, and That's OK

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Photo of writer Margaret Atwood at the Tory Burch Foundation's Embrace Ambition Summit on April 24, 2018 in New York City courtesy of Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Tory Burch Foundation.

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A longtime word nerd and bookworm, Stav studied history and dance at Stanford and later journalism at Columbia. Before joining The Muse, Stav was a staff writer at Newsweek, where she wrote about everything from Nazi hunters to Chinese adoptees to Good Girls Revolt, the real story and fictionalized TV show about a 1970 gender discrimination case at the magazine. She prefers sunshine and tolerates winters grudgingly.

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