Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains
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Listening Length 12 hours and 22 minutes
Author Kerri Arsenault
Narrator Kerri Arsenault
Audible.in Release Date 01 September 2020
Publisher Macmillan Audio
Program Type Audiobook
Version Unabridged
Language English
ASIN B0861M44XM

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Gwen Tuinman
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read
Reviewed in Canada on 7 December 2020
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A. MacIsaac
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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2.0 out of 5 stars Clinical & Uninspiring
Reviewed in the United States on 2 September 2020
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Daniel Clohossey
4.0 out of 5 stars Timely tale of corporate greed ruining small-town lives and the environment
Reviewed in the United States on 12 September 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a beautiful and brilliant book....
Reviewed in the United States on 12 September 2020
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