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Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains Audio CD – Unabridged, 1 September 2020

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About the Author

KERRI ARSENAULT is the Book Review Editor at Orion magazine, and Contributing Editor at Lithub. Arsenault received her MFA in Creative Writing from The New School and studied in Malmö University’s Communication for Development master’s programme. Her writing has appeared in Freeman’s, Lithub, Oprah.com, and The Minneapolis Star Tribune, among other publications. She lives in New England. Mill Town is her first book.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Macmillan Audio; Unabridged edition (1 September 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1250772184
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1250772183
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 270 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 2.54 x 2.54 x 2.54 cm
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Kerri Arsenault is a book critic, teacher, book editor at Orion magazine, contributing editor at The Literary Hub, and author of Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains, which won the Rachel Carson Environment Book Award and the Maine Literary Award for nonfiction. Mill Town was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Leonard Prize, the New England Independent Booksellers Association, and the Connecticut Book Award.Kerri’s work has appeared in Freeman’s, the Boston Globe, Down East, the Paris Review Daily, the New York Review of Books, Air Mail, and the Washington Post.

Events and more information can be found at www.kerri-arsenault.com

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Gwen Tuinman
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read
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5.0 out of 5 stars A well written voyage of personal, professional and community discovery
Reviewed in the United States on 2 September 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars A well written voyage of personal, professional and community discovery
Reviewed in the United States on 2 September 2020
Ask me to describe the smell of money and I will reply, like rotten eggs with a degree of heaviness in the air that makes you think you could chew it. Like Kerri Arsenault I grew up in Mexico, Maine the town across the river from the paper mill that dominates life, the economy, and the environment in the River Valley. Kerri’s book Mill Town is not a family narrative but rather a well-written dialogue along a voyage of personal and professional discovery that should cause all readers to question just what the price of progress is.

Should we be willing to accept higher levels of cancer and other illnesses that affect friends and family, the selling of water resources, and the long-lasting effects of industrial production (in Mexico’s case papermaking) on the land, and the people who live there? My parents still live in Mexico and it was the salary my father earned from his computer job at the mill that fed, housed, and clothed me and my nine siblings. The mill provided the money needed to support our family, but as Kerri eloquently writes it was not always clear that we as a community had all the information to understand the longer-term consequences on our health and well-being. Then again it was not something that the people of Rumford / Mexico ever really questioned. Kerri writes about a local doctor and a Boston based TV news show called “Cancer Valley” that highlights some of the risks faced by those who did question the effects of the looming mill across the river.

The people of the River Valley are a proud and hardworking lot as is Kerri because she is one of them. They are however wary of those from away, even those who were raised there, but have moved away. The exchange in the book that Kerri has with a former teammate who exclaims “don’t make us look like red necks,” is insightful and telling of the risk Kerri undertook in writing about her hometown. Kerri does not make the people of the River Valley look like rednecks’ because they are not, but she does, at least in my case make me want to understand and question more about the legacy of progress. This is a compelling and thought-provoking book that anyone who is interested in understanding the effect of industry on, history, people, and the land should read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Timely tale of corporate greed ruining small-town lives and the environment
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