ROCKLAND — The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA), 21 Winter St., hosts a celebration of Marilyn Moss Rockefeller’s new memoir “Mountain Girl: From Barefoot to Boardroom” Sunday, Dec. 11, from 4 to 6 p.m. The event features a conversation between Rockefeller and fellow author Susan Conley followed by a book signing and light refreshments in the lobby. Rockefeller’s memoir presents an enthralling account of her colorful journey from humble beginnings on an Appalachian farm to the helm of a multimillion-dollar company. Copies of the memoir are available in CMCA’s gift shop.

If someone had told MarilynRae that she would one day create an internationally successful business and marry into the Rockefeller family, she would not have believed it. Born on an impoverished farm in the mountains of West Virginia, feisty MarilynRae spent her childhood climbing trees and breaking the rules. But, while she relished the simplicity of the rural life she was born into, she was destined to embark on a head-spinning adventure that would lead her to encounter people and places beyond her wildest dreams.

“Mountain Girl: From Barefoot to Boardroom” (Islandport Press paperback) is Rockefeller’s fast-paced and engrossing account of how she transformed from a “hillbilly tomboy” to the cultured and accomplished owner of the iconic Moss, Inc. Detailing eye-opening stories of her determination to weather overwhelming challenges including the untimely death of her father, the ever-present and deleterious influence of alcohol in her family, and the immense pressure to shed her identity as a “mountain girl,” Rockefeller reveals how her tenacity and resilience enabled her to thrive in even the most difficult circumstances.

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