CAMDEN — 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.

Recently released “Mountain Girl: From Barefoot to Boardroom” is Marilyn Moss 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,” Marilyn reveals how her tenacity and resilience enabled her to thrive in even the most difficult circumstances.

Upon partnering with the enigmatic designer Bill Moss, Marilyn’s world was filled with influential people, exotic locales, and an unpredictable, bohemian lifestyle. From hosting Andy Warhol and attending the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans to enjoying private cooking lessons from Julia Child in her own kitchen, Marilyn’s encounters proved to be both thrilling and life-altering.

Yet, as creative, self-proclaimed “hippies,” Bill and Marilyn often struggled to make ends meet. Because Bill’s erratic work ethic and inconsistent income could not support their growing family, Marilyn was determined to find a way to succeed. When it became apparent that their Moss tent had the potential to appeal to a broader audience, Marilyn took charge of the operation and transformed it into the multimillion-dollar company it is today.

Recounting a dizzying array of astonishing, heart-wrenching and amusing stories from a remarkably memorable life, Marilyn paints a picture of a tenacious, humble and trail-blazing woman whose desire to make a difference reverberates throughout her story and her life’s work.

Marilyn Moss Rockefeller is also author of “Bill Moss: Fabric Artist & Designer,” which won an IPPY Silver Medal, as well as shorter work in publications such as Orbis, Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors, Espazio and Louisville Literary Review. She has an MFA in writing from Spalding University. She resides with her husband, James Rockefeller, in Camden.

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