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A Glowing Review of American Hippo

Book Reviews

A Glowing Review of American Hippo

  Early 20th century Louisiana: a bill gets put through to U.S. Congress as a proposed remedy to the two main problems that were plaguing the South: a meat shortage, and an abundance of water hyacinth, threatening the ecosystems in and around the Mississippi River. The cure? Hippopotamus ranching. Sounds insane, right? Importing giant, deadly animals to ranch? That bill was a real thing. And it only failed by one vote. ONE. (More info here) Sarah Gailey’s American Hippo is a collection of two novellas and two short stories that explores an alternate history where that one (very sane) congressman didn’t exist, the...

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