Zoo Nebraska by Carson Vaughan audiobook

Zoo Nebraska: The Dismantling of an American Dream

By Carson Vaughan
Read by Patrick Lawlor

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8.79 Hours Unabridged
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A resonant true story of small-town politics and community perseverance and of decent people and questionable choices, Zoo Nebraska is a timely requiem for a rural America in the throes of extinction. Royal, Nebraska, population eighty-one—where the church, high school, and post office each stand abandoned, monuments to a Great Plains town that never flourished. But for nearly twenty years, they had a zoo, seven acres that rose from local peculiarity to key tourist attraction to devastating tragedy. And it all began with one man’s outsize vision. When Dick Haskin’s plans to assist primatologist Dian Fossey in Rwanda were cut short by her murder, Dick’s devotion to primates didn’t die with her. He returned to his hometown with Reuben, an adolescent chimp, in the bed of a pickup truck and transformed a trailer home into the Midwest Primate Center. As the tourist trade multiplied, so did the inhabitants of what would become Zoo Nebraska, the unlikeliest boon to Royal’s economy in generations and, eventually, the source of a power struggle that would lead to the tragic implosion of Dick Haskin’s dream.

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Summary

Summary

A resonant true story of small-town politics and community perseverance and of decent people and questionable choices, Zoo Nebraska is a timely requiem for a rural America in the throes of extinction.

Royal, Nebraska, population eighty-one—where the church, high school, and post office each stand abandoned, monuments to a Great Plains town that never flourished. But for nearly twenty years, they had a zoo, seven acres that rose from local peculiarity to key tourist attraction to devastating tragedy. And it all began with one man’s outsize vision.

When Dick Haskin’s plans to assist primatologist Dian Fossey in Rwanda were cut short by her murder, Dick’s devotion to primates didn’t die with her. He returned to his hometown with Reuben, an adolescent chimp, in the bed of a pickup truck and transformed a trailer home into the Midwest Primate Center. As the tourist trade multiplied, so did the inhabitants of what would become Zoo Nebraska, the unlikeliest boon to Royal’s economy in generations and, eventually, the source of a power struggle that would lead to the tragic implosion of Dick Haskin’s dream.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Calm gives way to rising tension in Patrick Lawlor’s voice as the real-life story of the zoo in Royal, Nebraska, unfolds…Lawlor creates voices for the many people who knew and worked with Haskin as they tell of the small-town zoo’s growth, changes in management, and developing discord. Lawlor narrates with urgency, slowing down occasionally for a note of atmosphere or detail.” AudioFile
“The bizarre subject material, fodder for schlock in the hands of a lesser writer, is rendered in blisteringly researched, ardently literary prose. As the careful plotting propels readers through the two-decade collapse of one man’s dream, it’s easy to forget that this is nonfiction and difficult to comprehend the feat of reportage that it required.” Los Angeles Review of Books
“Vaughan compassionately and understatedly traces the evolution of one man’s grand vision and the petty politics that destroyed it. A thoughtful meditation that will appeal to animal lovers and readers interested in tales of small communities coming together.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author Bio: Carson Vaughan

Author Bio: Carson Vaughan

Carson Vaughan is a freelance journalist from Nebraska who writes frequently about the Great Plains. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Guardian, the Paris Review Daily, Outside, Pacific Standard, Slate, the Atlantic, Vice, In These Times, and more. Zoo Nebraska is his first book.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 8.79
Audience: Adult
Language: English