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He was overhauled between 2000 and 2002, including a paint job, a new ax, and steel supports secured to a huge block of concrete. An idiopathic diagnosis, like in my father’s death certificate, blames the body itself for its own undoing. One in three people develop cancer over their lifetime, so maybe the question is, when will we get cancer? Within fence-line communities like Arsenault’s Mexico, prosperity and affliction are wholly intertwined. Kerri Arsenault's Mill Town tells the story of the community she grew up in, her extended family of hardworking Catholic Franco-Americans in a small mill town in Maine, but it’s also a sweeping, brutal expose of American corporations’ ruining natural resources, poisoning the environment, endangering the health and safety of the working class, and hiding and denying their crimes. From there, we walk up to a landing, and into the kitchen. A motorcycle growls by. He died a terrible death, his chest working overtime like he often did in the mill. Author Kerri Arsenault’s new book “Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains” (St. Martin's Press, $27.99) takes the reader inside one such Maine town. Bookish and six feet four inches tall, he was a giant in real life although painfully shy (admittedly so) and smart: so smart that, as a student, he was asked more than once to substitute for his teachers when they fell ill. Kerri Arsenault grew up in the rural town of Mexico, Maine, where for over 100 years the community orbited around a paper mill that provided jobs for most residents, including three generations of her family. ESSAY: “My 86 Jobs,” New York Review of Books Daily. RECOMMENDATIONS: Five books that changed my ideas about storytelling, Literary Hub. St. Martin’s Press. The European Union’s method for regulating chemicals is better safe than sorry or “the Precautionary Principle,” whereby industry must provide rigorous proof people or ecosystems won’t be affected by industrial substances. Both giants memorialized and their acts equally significant, however, one deforested the woodlands and the other tried (in a way) to reclaim them, the rocky pools on the edge of the Androscoggin spanning the gap between them. For over 100 years the community orbited around a paper mill that employs most townspeople, including three generations of Arsenault’s own family. Review: 'Mill Town: Reckoning With What Remains,' by Kerri Arsenault NONFICTION: A disturbing look at the fragile existence of small-town Maine weaves personal history and … Legend maintains when Bunyan’s cradle rocked, the motion caused huge waves that sank ships. “Mill Town is a powerful, blistering, devastating book. 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. Years after she moved away, Arsenault realized the price she paid for that seemingly secure childhood. Years after she moved away, Arsenault realized the price she paid for that seemingly secure childhood. For over 100 years the community orbited around a paper mill that employs most townspeople, including three generations of Arsenault's own family. But blame, like a river’s flow, is a fugitive act, because its target shape-shifts as the current of time presses forward, as fugitive as finding the link from pollution to disease. $27.99. The mill, while providing community, work, and stability, also contributed to the destruction of the environment and our health. It’s not fair, I thought, when the doctor delivered my father’s prognosis of cancer, for which she gave no definitive cause. Kerri Arsenault grew up in the rural working class town of Mexico, Maine. We commemorate resource development and industry with memorials like Bunyan or the marble bust of our paper mill’s founder, Hugh Chisholm, but we don’t memorialize the environmental consequences of their work. Years after she moved away, Arsenault realized the price she paid for her seemingly secure childhood. It’s also breathtakingly well-researched, wide-ranging, cogently angry, brilliantly written, harrowing, heartbreaking, urgent, and timely. They get cancer. For over 100 years the community orbited around a paper mill that employs most townspeople, including three generations of Arsenault's own family. Nobody knows. It’s a property where the past never recedes and the personal is always mixed with business; much of Arthur’s “bread and butter” is from the paper mill that employs the majority of residents in town. But I meet Arthur in his “arrangement office,” where normally a different rush of water occurs: people are breaking into tears. At a 1964 conference on asbestosis sponsored by the New York Academy of Sciences, scientists presented data showing that asbestos was found in people “who lived in the same house with workers who came home with asbestos dust on their clothes.” It turns out asbestos can cling not only to someone’s clothes, but to their lunch basket, shoes, hair, car, bedding, skin, sofa, and subsequently end up in their family’s lungs, too. Kerri Arsenault is both a graceful writer and a grieving daughter in search of answers and ultimately, justice. “James always had a goal and if he reached that goal, he’d set another one, and another one, and another one,” Arthur says. Years after she moved away, Arsenault realized the price she paid for her seemingly secure childhood. How could they go? His prostate removal in 2008 was successful, and, in the year before he died, the word “prostate” was never discussed as a risk factor for lung cancer so why was it on his death certificate now? Perhaps it was our fault in the end. From Arthur and Sheila Meader’s back deck in Rumford, Maine, you can hear the 176-foot drop of the Androscoggin River plowing over rocks. For over 100 years the community orbited around a paper mill that employs most townspeople, including three generations of Arsenault's own family. Stream an excerpt from Mill Town, courtesy of Macmillan Audio.. Everyone’s emotions were splintered and raw. My mother, who laundered so many clothes, didn’t know the shit didn’t wash off. As Arthur and I talk, the unleafed trees outside magnify the sound of birds hiding in them. Kerri Arsenault is both a graceful writer and a grieving daughter in search of answers and ultimately, justice. Kerri Arsenault grew up in the rural working class town of Mexico, Maine. What they forgot to consider was there’s not much left in town to see but Bunyan himself and those garish blue hoofprints that end abruptly at Rite Aid. Kerri Arsenault grew up in the rural working class town of Mexico, Maine. Kerri Arsenault grew up in the rural working class town of Mexico, Maine. . Other Muffler Men held hot dogs, fried chicken, and one in Illinois was found holding a rocket. John Freeman, author of Dictionary of the Undoing and Tales of Two Planets and editor of Freeman’s, The story begins with the exciting news of jobs at a new mill in the small town of Mexico, Maine. In addition, if several family members get cancer, it doesn’t count toward the cluster evidence you need. ARTICLES. When Kerri Arsenault was growing up in Mexico, Maine, nothing loomed larger than the Rumford paper mill across the Androscoggin River, which gave her small town a measure of prosperity and security, even as mill waste polluted the river and locals nicknamed the area “Cancer Valley.” In the meantime, toxins accumulate in our bodies, their presence a placeholder for something that may or may not multiply out of control. Many cancers are “idiopathic,” a Greek word meaning “of local origin,” i.e., not seemingly caused by some- thing outside the body: idio (one’s own) and pathos (suffering). We lean on science for proof but it rarely provides it. For over 100 years the community orbited around a paper mill that employs most townspeople, including three generations of Arsenault’s own family. He’s currently my book publicist and lives in NYC. By Kerri Arsenault. Kerri Arsenault’s Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains is a heartfelt story of community and family twined with her personal passion for unveiling truths held captive inside convoluted industry acronyms and jargon, broken URLs and dusty file boxes. Kerri Arsenault’s Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains is a heartfelt story of community and family twined with her personal passion for unveiling truths held captive inside convoluted industry acronyms and jargon, broken URLs and dusty file boxes. We keep them hidden in the earth, invisible to the naked eye. The result, her book, is tender, enthralling, and, ultimately, devastating. Robert Macfarlane, author of Underland, In Mill Town, Kerri Arsenault probes deeply, searchingly, into webs of family and community, history and science, power and commerce and the price of loyalty to create what could be called an Our Town for the 21st century, updated and expanded to account for ecological horror. Science thrives on skepticism, interpretation, hypotheses, predictions, assumptions, uncertainty. The Library is proud to welcome author Kerri Arsenault as she presents her new book “Mill Town: Reckoning With What Remains”. A “powerful investigative memoir… about a soul-crushing portrait of a place….This moving and insightful memoir reminds readers that returning home—’the heart of human identity’—is capable of causing great joy and profound disappointment.”, Kerri Arsenault grew up in a small town many people in town believed in the mill, they adored it, they fought its sale, and then they have worried about its departure. Yet it’s almost impossible to draw a straight line from our mill to cancer. 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Yet connecting asbestos exposure to lung cancer is difficult to do. MILL TOWN: Reckoning with What Remains. There are days when the smell hits you. Yet on June 1, 2018, the EPA announced a “significant new use rule” to allow US companies to manufacture, import, and process new asbestos-containing products. Kerri Arsenault grew up in the rural working class town of Mexico, Maine. Kerri Arsenault grew up in the rural working class town of Mexico, Maine. The permutations mirror what it’s like when we look at galaxies in outer space. What about before he was sick, when he worked as a pipefitter in the mill? Join us for a conversation with Kerri Arsenault on Maine Calling, at 11:00. For over 100 years the community orbited around a paper mill that employed three generations of Arsenault’s family. This places the burden of proof on us to prove toxics cause harm. Kerri: While I didn’t concisely consider the audience when I first started writing this book, I couldn’t ignore the hallways that opened up to other hallways of concern. The standards for permissible amounts of toxics allowable for humans to intake usually only deal with one substance at a time, and don’t consider the burdens of one chemical or carcinogen or toxic in coordination with another, or the cumulative effects of all of them or some of them together. He offers me a glass of his favorite, a fifteen-year-old Glenlivet matured in French oak casks. Part personal story and part investigative reporting, Arsenault documents how her childhood in a typical Maine mill town illustrates the plight of the working class, and the hazards brought on by the very entities that support these working-class families. Kerri Arsenault’s Mill Town is about the relentless, slow poisoning of her family, neighbors and home town of Mexico, Maine, by a filthy, dangerous industry (paper manufacturing). Kerri Arsenault We speak with Maine author Kerri Arsenault about her new book, Mill Town . Kerri Arsenault investigated how the paper mill in her hometown of Mexico, Maine, affected the financial and physical well-being of its residents. Today scientists are certain: asbestos causes harm. Kerri Arsenault’s hometown of Mexico, Maine, is small, remote, and working-class. In the US the regulatory approach is largely innocent until proven guilty. What kind of life have we made for ourselves when the very thing that sustains us also kills us? But why? Mill Town by Kerri Arsenault. For over 100 years the community orbited around a paper mill that employs most … The price they all paid. Account & Lists Account Returns & Orders. Dani Shapiro, author of Inheritance, Kerri Arsenault's Mill Town tells the story of the community she grew up in, her extended family of hardworking Catholic Franco-Americans in a small mill town in Maine, but it’s also a sweeping, brutal expose of American corporations’ ruining natural resources, poisoning the environment, endangering the health and safety of the working class, and hiding and denying their crimes. Today, Andrew invites Kerri Arsenault, Carl Hoffman, Dale Maharidge, and Tom Zoellner to discuss how to fix America. Scientists are trained to be inconclusive and cautious. St. Martin’s, $27.99 (348p) ISBN 978-1-250-15593-1. Ben Fountain, author of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, Kerri Arsenault's Mill Town is a tender howl about the graveyard of industry. But the proof is no less elusive. Why was his heart weak in the first place? When Arthur started working at the funeral home full-time as a young man, his father laid down the law: “If you want to go to a party, that’s fine. Kerri Arsenault’s Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains is a heartfelt story of community and family twined with her personal passion for unveiling truths held captive inside convoluted industry acronyms and jargon, broken URLs and dusty file boxes. I mean, if we are talking about underlying conditions as a consequence of things, we should try to be thorough. My father’s death certificate is testimony to these things. It didn’t help that industry fought back against regulation with corruption and lies, deploying an alphabet soup of sinister acronyms like CERCLA, which sound like chemicals themselves. I can’t forget it. Arthur shows up for families, too. Arundhati Roy on Indian Suffering Amid the World's Most Repressive Lockdown. He sought election to make the country better.” So Muskie adopted a tailor’s mien and went to work. Sign in. It doesn’t give you the next day off. 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? I like Arthur’s choice of words, because death is not the kind of business you want to propagate and it’s a more accurate description of Arthur’s allegiance to the community. If I learned anything in ten years of research, it was that records are wrong all the time. Kerri Arsenault grew up in the rural working class town of Mexico, Maine. We’ve been creating the very thing that could be destroying us in the landscape of the American Dream. You work in a paper mill like my father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, you get cancer. Years after she moved away, Arsenault realized the price she paid for her seemingly secure childhood. Kerri Arsenault’s Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains is a heartfelt story of community and family twined with her personal passion for unveiling truths held captive inside convoluted industry acronyms and jargon, broken URLs and dusty file boxes. David Searcy, author of Shame and Wonder, Mill Town is a powerful, blistering, devastating book. Kerri Arsenault grew up in the rural working class town of Mexico, Maine. But the mill, while providing livelihoods for nearly everyone, also contributed to the destruction of the environment and the decline of the town's economic, physical, and emotional health in a slow-moving catastrophe. Kerri Arsenault grew up in the rural working class town of Mexico, Maine. Kerri Arsenault grew up in the rural working class town of Mexico, Maine. Arlie Russell Hochschild, author of Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right, Kerri Arsenault’s pursuit of truth is as compassionate as it is relentless. Some people do not. That paper mill … by Kerri Arsenault ‧ RELEASE DATE: Sept. 1, 2020. Kerri Arsenault grew up in the rural working class town of Mexico, Maine. Meader gave us multiple-choice questions, which made it easier in our grief: which kind of urn to use, which flowers wouldn’t make me gag. Arsenault's relentless, unsparing exploration goes to the heart of American life, and I can think of no book that's more relevant to this moment in time than Mill Town. Kerri Arsenault narrates Mill Town, her examination of Mexico, Maine, the town she grew up in, uncovering stories of corporate greed and malfeasance, communities torn between needing mill jobs and struggling to stay healthy, and so much more. Our post–Agent Orange, post–atomic bomb, post-DDT, R&D industrial defoliated landscape proved her claim. For me, those legends are so big—Chisholm, Muskie, Bunyan, Black Mountain ski area, my father—that it is hard to see beyond their shadows. The second time, I’m going to give you a warning. Years after she moved away, Arsenault realized the price she paid for her seemingly secure childhood. But it’s also about the better, more prosperous American life those industries afforded us before we fell ill, as well as the Devil’s bargain that made all this possible, maybe even inevitable. At least not yet. Jonathan Franzen, author of Freedom and The Corrections. The only straight line I’ve found in this whole damn mess is the clothesline where my mother hung her wash. Kerri Arsenault grew up in the rural working class town of Mexico, Maine. My mother had wanted to sue them for medical malpractice, but she didn’t have definitive proof; no autopsy was ever done. $27.99. In Rumford, however, Muskie was no match for the silhouette cast by Bunyan. No mention of his asbestosis from his work or that he was a smoker until 1986. Through it all runs the river of Mill Town: sluggish, ancient, dangerous, freighted with America's sins. Kerri Arsenault is both a graceful writer and a grieving daughter in search of answers and ultimately, justice. Even if a cancer cluster is found in your neighborhood, they may not be able to determine the exact cause or do anything about it. We lean on science for proof but it rarely provides it. Years after she moved away, Arsenault realized the price she paid for that seemingly secure childhood. This fierce and impeccably researched work really got my blood boiling about the plunder mechanism of capitalism and its blow against life. Kerri Arsenault is both a graceful writer and a grieving daughter in search of answers and ultimately, justice. In honor of the statue’s resurrection, Rumford held a festival featuring a lumberjack breakfast, zip line rides over the waterfalls, a facial hair contest, a flannel shirt dinner dance, and an ax throwing competition. Our Bunyan, I learned, was crafted from the mold of the Muffler Man, a giant fiberglass statue who held mufflers in his outstretched hands as an advertisement on US byways in the 1970s. Kerri Arsenault grew up in the rural working class town of Mexico, Maine. Sheila maintained a beauty shop for years and, though she retired from that business some time ago, still cares for the hair of the deceased at Meader & Son. This is a book about residues and legacies; I know that Mill Town will stay with me for years to come. Spring is when the funeral business tends to pick up, Arthur says, when Meader & Son “serves” more families. “My dad told me years ago, the one who truly feeds you is the man who works in that mill.” Arthur leans forward in his office chair, his voice deep, confident. I was there. But if no autopsy was done, how did they determine these causes of his death? A generation apart, skiing in tandem to his father, crouched over in the same stance, the same distance from the gate, taking the same tight line, the two of them racing time. Rachel Carson called chemicals “sinister” in her 1962 landmark book Silent Spring. There was nothing peaceful about it. From Arthur and Sheila Meader’s back deck in Rumford, Maine, you can hear the 176-foot drop of the Androscoggin River plowing over rocks. Kerri Arsenault, author, “Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains;” book critic, book editor at Orion magazine, and a contributing editor at The Literary Hub.Arsenault is also a mentor for PEN America’s Prison and Justice Writing Program. But what James and I didn’t know, as we carved through those gates in our earlier years, was that we were the last in our line. Their house and the business are basically one and the same, changed, appended to, refurbished over the years; the upstairs apartment Arthur’s parents lived in became a casket room; a neighbor’s property became a parking lot; and the Meaders purchased a large house next door that became their residence, which they later connected through a small overpass to the funeral home. to post a message … The model was a blank slate for whatever fairy tale we chose. For over 100 years the community orbited around a paper mill that employs most townspeople. Stream an excerpt from Mill Town, courtesy of Macmillan Audio.. Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains Kerri Arsenault. “Mill Town is a powerful, blistering, devastating book. Kerri Arsenault, author of "Mill Town". He’ll take over the business when the time comes. There are days when the smell hits you. 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? We leave his office and walk up the back stairs, through the casket showroom, through a private office on top of the garage, bang a left, and we are in the overpass. Chris Matthews, in the Sarasota Herald Tribune in 1966, said of Muskie, he “did not enter politics to have his sentences appear in the newspaper. Arsenault had a happy childhood, but years after moving away, she realized the price she paid for that childhood. Mill Town: Reckoning With What Remains: Arsenault, Kerri: Amazon.sg: Books. You can almost hear spring releasing its frost like a cracked rib, the sound of soil shifting in its skin. In telling the story of the town where generations of her family have lived and died, she raises important and timely questions. MILL TOWN Kerri Arsenault “Masterful, a crisp, eloquent hybrid of atmospheric memoir and searing exposé.” —Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review) “[A] powerful, investigative memoir. He worked hard and saw what hard work could build: a businesses, a family, his child’s confidence. Some people never leave. Each is the author of a critically acclaimed new book about contemporary America: Arsenault’s Mill Town, Hoffman’s Liar’s Circus, Maharidge’s Fucked at … Kerri Arsenault grew up in the rural working class town of Mexico, Maine. Arthur and I have been talking for hours, and by now the sun has tilted west. MILL TOWN: Reckoning With What Remains. Kerri Arsenault narrates Mill Town, her examination of Mexico, Maine, the town she grew up in, uncovering stories... Read Full Story. Kerri will be joined in conversation with Lisa Huber, PhD, discussing Maine’s nickname “Vacationland” and how that myth silences communities living in the periphery of tourism. "In Mill Town, Kerri Arsenault has managed a literary hat trick, combining humanity, science, and capitalism, and the price paid not only by her own family in a single state, but across generations, industries, and geographies. The nursing board determined there was no violation of the law and voted to dismiss my mother’s complaint a year after my father died in their care, and they considered the matter closed. Did toxics like dioxin bioaccumulate in my grandfather’s blood, and in doing so, crawl up the food chain to my father and probably to me? Duty-bound, uncorrupt, and beholden to his “constituents,” serving this community, to Arthur, was never just about doing things right, but also about doing the right thing. There was no mention of his father’s metastatic stomach cancer or that his father worked in the bleach room before there were many rules. My grandmother smoked.. She didn’t get cancer. On the wall of a downstairs guest bedroom, a photo of him skiing at Black Mountain in 1963, heading through a slalom gate. --Dani Shapiro, author of Inheritance MILL TOWN RECKONING WITH WHAT REMAINS. By Kerri Arsenault. Yet because you can’t draw a straight line doesn’t mean there’s no line. Scathing and tender, it is written in a clear-running prose that lifts often into poetry, but comes down hard when it must. Skip to main content.sg. As for the two thousand new chemicals introduced into the US every year and the eighty thousand chemicals still untested, how can any agency—let alone an underfunded, understaffed, and often industry-friendly government agency—possibly keep up? Her hometown in Maine was despoiled by the very paper mill that built it. Kerri Arsenault grew up in the rural working class town of Mexico, Maine. There are also lines that lead us down an odd path (Babe, the blue ox) or lines that bisect the haves and the have-nots (sacrifice zones, football teams). Tender, angry, full of respect and bewilderment, it is a complex love letter to a hometown. Mark Lamster, architecture critic, Dallas Morning News and author of The Man in the Glass House. She has laid out, in elegant prose and harrowing reportage, the price we may all pay, and in this, she has managed to create at once both a cautionary tale and a literary treasure. Tort laws and regulation provide some protection for people with cancer but, as William Boyd writes in his paper “Controlling Toxic Harms,” laws are “inadequate” because of their demand for scientific precision and evidence of harm, especially when trying to prove community exposure, where risk factors can be as diverse as the people who live there. Moving and insightful.” —Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) “An Our Town for the 21st century. Or maybe an interactive feature so future generations can see what the world was like before we choked it with garbage that contains the half-life of a zillion years. It indicates his immediate cause of death was esophageal cancer “due to (or as a consequence of)” lung carcinoma; “due to (or as a consequence of)” prostate cancer; “due to (or as a consequence of)” coronary artery disease, with “other significant conditions contributing to the death but not resulting in the underlying cause given in the above consequences: COPD, respiratory failure with PE, failure to thrive, aspiration.”. For over 100 years the community orbited around a paper mill that employs most townspeople, including three generations of Arsenault's own family. You’d think that’s the end of the line for asbestos—a carcinogen banned in most developed countries except a few, a substance that ruined a generation of lives. There’s nothing in the recent medical records to show my father’s triple bypass decades ago contributed to his death. 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