Saturday Morning Book Club (Second Saturdays)--RIVER OF TEETH

Saturday, February 10, 2024 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Join us at Yardstick for a casual, bookish hour of hanging out and enjoying a cup of coffee or tea. Our Saturday Morning Book Club (featuring short books or funny books) is every Second Saturday of the month. Book club books are 15% off at Yardstick. Do stop in even if you haven't read the book.  Saturday, February 10 at 9am is our first meeting.  We'll be reading a short book (and possibly funny book), RIVER OF TEETH by Sarah Gaily.

From NPR:

In 1909, the United States was suffering a shortage of meat. At the same time, Louisiana's waterways were being choked by invasive water hyacinth. Louisiana Congressman Robert F. Broussard proposed an ingenious solution to both those problems: Import hippos to eat the water hyacinth; then, eat the hippos.

Luckily for the United States in our timeline, the fact that hippos are ill-tempered apex predators not amenable to being ranched was pointed out, the American Hippo Bill failed to pass by a single vote, and consequently, we don't have hippos casually chomping on passers-by due to a lack of their usual forage.

Sarah Gailey's imagined United States, however, are differently fortuned.

Winslow Remington Houndstooth, former hippo rancher, current ne'er-do-well for hire, accepts a commission from the U.S. government to get the feral hippos out of a marshy, dammed up stretch of the Mississippi River. He assembles a motley crew of hippo wranglers — with ancillary skills involving demolition, poison, disguise, and murder — to assist with the job. Unfortunately for them, one man is quite invested in the hungry, hungry hippos remaining precisely where they are — and the bad blood between him and Houndstooth goes back a very long way.

“This hippopotamus epic is just as preposterously fun as you could possibly have hoped — but it’s also a brave, clever alternate history. River of Teeth packs one hell of a gold-plated bite.” —Charlie Jane Anders, author of All the Birds in the Sky

Event address: 
Yardstick Books
317 Steele Street
Algoma, WI 54201
Books: 
River of Teeth By Sarah Gailey Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9780765395238
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Tordotcom - May 23rd, 2017