Baxter is a brave voice, one of many in the county that she speaks for. In approximately one year she did the research, penned many stories and met so many local opinions balanced with astounding facts we all should be privy to.

Book-Review_The-Mill2The number one best-selling book in Nova Scotia for December 2017 for Chapters/Coles, The Mill is fully loaded with views from all sides who wished to be featured. The obviously missing party was The Mill itself who was asked, along with board members and politicians, but declined to speak with Baxter about her “project”.

This book is hard to read based on the story it tells of our community but written in a format that even young readers with a yearning to learn more about their environment will enjoy. With a glimpse of Nova Scotian history while covering comparisons to other like businesses, Baxter met with those who lost their lumber businesses based on their decision to stand up for what they felt and still feel is best for our forests and health.

Asking for answers wasn’t easy for this Tatamagouche resident as so much information and the real truth was difficult to reveal. Baxter gives an example of her struggle to find the truth and the complexities of telling the full story with continued obstacles like a power point promised to her after filing Freedom of Information request only to receive a document that was missing the majority of its contents. Working to uncover truths was a challenge as main sources were not available to speak with her and layers of paperwork on top of multiple changes of ownership clouded perceptions.

This is a book that should be read by anyone in the county. One thing is certain and that is change is in the air.

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Sarah Butland
Sarah Butland is the author of many of her own books and is honoured to share her opinion of books by local authors with local readers. The latest The Mill: 50 Years of Pulp and Protest certainly shed a lot more light on living in the county and the controversy of one of our major employers. As a teenager, Scott Paper was known to her simply as an employer, indirectly on occasion, to those close to her. Now, especially after reading The Mill it's so much more. Living in Frasers Mountain, Butland stays connected to the whole county through book clubs, writers groups, her sons sports, and so much more!