Overall, your mileage may vary on this book depending on just how ardent you are in your own political beliefs and just how much they coincide with Arsenault's own, but there was nothing here to really hang a reason on for detracting from the star level of the review, and hence it gets the full 5* even as I disagreed with so much of it and was so heavily disappointed that it didn't go the direction I had hoped. I pre-ordered this because I wanted to learn about a Maine paper mill town. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.". Mill Town is, in large part, about the potential impacts of mill pollution on the environment and community health — particularly your family’s. The author, a National Books Critics Circle board member and book review editor at Orion, grew up in Mexico, Maine, a small town fortified by the Androscoggin River.She writes poignantly of growing up in a large nuclear family surrounded by the town’s dense forestlands. I never considered my own issues with infertility could be tied to this, but it sheds a new light on my struggle. She brings the outrage of a furious native, tearing down years of “Vacationland” tourism, yet deeply homesick for the place she once knew. Reviews “Combining personal history with investigative reporting, Arsenault pays loving homage to her family’s tight-knit Maine town even as she examines the cancers that have stricken so many residents. Kerri Arsenault is both a graceful writer and a grieving daughter in search of answers and ultimately, justice. I am a born New Englander from New Hampshire and Massachusetts and I grew up and have lived old milltowns myself. Mill Town is a personal investigation, where Arsenault sifts through historical archives and scientific reports, talks to family and neighbors, and examines her own childhood to illuminate the rise and collapse of the working-class, the hazards of loving and leaving … Mill Town Reckoning With What Remains (eBook) : Arsenault, Kerri : "A galvanizing and powerful debut, Mill Town is an American story, a human predicament, and a moral wake-up call that asks: what are we willing to tolerate and whose lives are we willing to sacrifice for our own survival? 3.84 out of 5 stars. Bittersweet memories and a long-buried atrocity combine for a heartfelt, unflinching, striking narrative combination.”―Kirkus Reviews (starred)“[A] powerful, investigative memoir....Arsenault paints a soul-crushing portrait of a place that’s suffered 'the smell of death and suffering' almost since its creation. This book is an essential answer to the urgent question: “At what cost comes progress?”―Garnette Cadogan, LitHub“Mill Town is a rich, rewarding read that defies easy categorization. Something went wrong. Colne) or have a symbol in the … Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. In my case, the actual mill town was, by my time - roughly when Arsenault was graduating HS - , just a neighborhood of a larger County seat town it was founded just outside of around the same time as the mill Arsenault writes about. The firm invests in the food innovation and technology, agriculture and health and wellness sectors. Create ... Print book: Fiction : English: Rating: (not yet rated) 0 with reviews - Be the first. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. Rating details. Create ... Print book: Fiction : English: Rating: (not yet rated) 0 with reviews - Be the first. Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) is a service we offer sellers that lets them store their products in Amazon's fulfillment centers, and we directly pack, ship, and provide customer service for these products. A whopper of a heartbreaking true story with a dickensenian feel. Ms. Arsenault deftly intersperses memories of her own mostly idyllic childhood that was made possible by those same mills. No matter the myth, there our Bunyan stands as a guardian for those ambling through the waning mill town of my youth, his shadow sometimes as brooding as the hurtling river beyond. Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains by Kerri Arsenault has an overall rating of Rave based on 14 book reviews. Mill Town Capital General Information Description. Part memoir about growing up in a mill town and part peeling back the onion on carcinogenic elements of living in such a place. What happens when the home town main employer has also been the one poisoning its employees and destroying the environment for future generations in this struggling town? Mill Town Reckoning With What Remains (Book) : Arsenault, Kerri : "A galvanizing and powerful debut, Mill Town is an American story, a human predicament, and a moral wake-up call that asks: what are we willing to tolerate and whose lives are we willing to sacrifice for our own survival? In telling the story of the town where generations of her family have lived and died, she raises important and timely questions.” Mill Town Capital is a venture capital investment firm that is based in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Although, this book centers completely on a small area in one state, its message is one that could be viewed as a cautionary tale of corporate greed in many, many small towns across America. This quaint, little book shop is a treasure trove of vintage, first edition, out-of-print, and hard-to-find books. Search. Old Town Books. She didn't do a good job of making her small town real. She is tenacious in her search for answers, tender in her interactions with her mother and their neighbors. The paper mills are a double edged sword, providing jobs to the small, impoverished towns in southern Maine but also fowling the environment. But the perspective from which she writes and the extensive research she did results in a telling that is sobering and heartbreaking while making me mad as hell. Mill Town is her first book. The Pacific Northwest s classic confrontation between militants demanding ambiguous change and an establishment intransigently defending the status quo occurred on Sunday, November 5, 1916. One of O Magazine’s Best Books of Fall 2020, Newsweek’s “Must-Read Fall Nonfiction," and a Publishers Weekly Top 10 books for Politics & Current Events, MILL TOWN: RECKONING WITH WHAT REMAINS by Kerri Arsenault is one of the most loved nonfiction releases of 2020. Kerri Arsenault grew up in the rural working class town of Mexico, Maine. Recommended. Hours. In short, it’s a fraught love letter to that fragile American entity, the small, rural, working-class town….Arsenault’s prose shines…She has done immense and important research and delivered an engaging tale that deserves a close read.”―Stephanie Hunt, The Post and Courier (Charleston)“Trenchant and aching…What Arsenault has provided is a model of persistence, thoughtful reflection and vividly human personal narrative in uncovering a heartbreaking story that could be told in countless American towns, along countless American rivers.”―Steve Paul, Minneapolis Star-Tribune“Arsenault combines memoir with investigative journalism in this tale of the toxic paper mill at the center of her Maine hometown, an area now nicknamed Cancer Valley.”―People magazine“Though you assume another hand-wringing over environmental deregulation, what unspools is much richer and more affecting. 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