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Mickey Rathbun in Person

Join us on Tuesday, March 5 at 7 PM as Mickey Rathbun presents her new book, The Real Gatsby: A Granddaughter's Memoir. She will be joined in conversation by Martha Ackmann.

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About the Book

When Mickey Rathbun began to investigate a rumor that her grandfather, George Gordon Moore, had been a model for Fitzgerald's iconic character Jay Gatsby, she discovered closer connections than she had ever imagined. In her remarkable, compelling, and beautifully crafted memoir, The Real Gatsby: George Gordon Moore, she examines the striking parallels between the real person and his fictional doppelganger. Beyond their hardscrabble western origins, formative sojourns in England, extravagant lifestyles fueled by suspected criminal activities, and pursuit of unattainable women, Moore and Gatsby shared a heightened appreciation for the exquisite possibilities of life, what Fitzgerald called "romantic readiness."

These similarities were hardly coincidental; Moore played polo and partied with the social set that inspired The Great Gatsby. Tommy Hitchcock, the legendary polo player on whom Fitzgerald based Gatsy's Tom Buchanan, was Moore's close friend, business partner, and housemate.

Rathbun's book is an honest exploration of her grandfather's astonishing life and legacy. With unflinching candor, she engages themes that are as relevant today as in Fitzgerald's time: our single-minded obsession with wealth and social cachet and the mirage of the American Dream.

About the Author

MICKEY RATHBUN practiced law in New York City in the 1980s before moving to Western Massachusetts and turning her attention to her true passion, writing. Her hundreds of features
and personal essays have appeared in many publications including the Boston Globe, the Chicago Tribune, and For the past six years, she
has been the garden columnist for the Daily Hampshire Gazette in Northampton, Massachusetts. She lives in Amherst with her husband, writer Christopher Benfey, and their
rescue mutt, Luisa.

About Martha Ackmann

Martha Ackmann is an author and journalist who writes about women who have changed America.  Her books include “The Mercury 13: The True Story of Thirteen Women and the Dream of Space Flight,” “Curveball: The Remarkable Story of Toni Stone, First Woman to Play Professional Baseball in the Negro League.”” and “These Fevered Days: Ten Pivotal Moments in the Making of Emily Dickinson.”  Her essays have appeared in “The Atlantic,” “The New York Times,” “The Paris Review,” and many other publications.  Ackmann’s essay on the Odyssey Bookshop appeared in “My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop.”


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Event date: 
Tuesday, March 5, 2024 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
9 College St
South Hadley, MA 01075
The Real Gatsby George Gordon Moore: A Granddaughter's Memoir By Mickey Rathbun Cover Image
ISBN: 9798885450034
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: White River Press - March 1st, 2024

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