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Marilyn Moss Rockefeller in Conversation with Susan Conley at Left Bank Books

Updated: Oct 10, 2023

Rockefeller’s Mountain Girl an Inspired ‘Rags-to-Riches’ Memoir

January 20, 2023—Marilyn Moss Rockefeller, a Camden-based writer, entrepreneur and advocate will discuss her new memoir, Mountain Girl: From Barefoot to Boardroom, on Sunday, February 12 at Left Bank Books in Belfast, Maine.

The public event will feature a conversation between Marilyn Moss Rockefeller and award-winning author, Susan Conley. The event starts at 1 p.m. Left Bank Books is located at 109 Church Street in Belfast.

Mountain Girl is an inspiring and poignant story that shows how grit and soul can take a person from barefoot in Appalachia to the boardrooms of industry without losing that special something or selling out. In her own words, Rockefeller writes about a fascinating life that has been “well-lived and a hoot to boot.” The book has been praised for its honesty and insight, with Natalie Goldberg, author of Writing Down the Bones, describing it as “sometimes hilarious, sometimes tragic, sometimes jaw-dropping, and always a huge pleasure to read'' and Richard Blanco, author of The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood, reflecting that "If there was ever a life worth writing about, it is Marilyn Moss Rockefeller’s.”

Rockefeller is a writer, entrepreneur, social justice advocate and former president and CEO of Moss Inc. She has an MFA in writing from Spalding University. Widely recognized as a successful and socially responsible business leader, Marilyn cofounded Moss Tent Works with Bill Moss in 1975 and served as president and CEO of Moss Inc. until she sold the company in 2001. Born and raised in the hills of West Virginia, she now resides with her husband, James Rockefeller, in midcoast Maine. Her memoir, Mountain Girl: From Barefoot to Boardroom was published in December 2022 by Islandport Press.

Susan Conley is the award-winning author of five critically-acclaimed books, including her newest, best-selling novel Landslide. Her writing has appeared in places like The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Down East Magazine, and others.

Islandport Press is a dynamic, award-winning publisher dedicated to stories rooted in the essence and sensibilities of New England. For more information, please call 207-846-3344, visit, or e-mail

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