Grand Prize Winner, Nonfiction Authors Talk About It 2017 Book Contest
A Finalist in the Memoir Category for the 2017 Indie Excellence Book Awards
A Finalist in the Autobiography/Memoir Category in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards
Carol D. Marsh founded, directed, and lived at Miriam’s House, a Washington, DC, residence for homeless women living with AIDS. In this powerful memoir, Marsh recalls how she came to confront issues far removed from her own experience: addiction, poverty, and the institutional racism that permeates our society on every level. From the humorous to the tragic, the mundane to the sublime, Marsh offers a gripping view into a world where the stakes are high and love is pushed to its limit.
Nowhere Else I Want to Be is the story of the inspiring women who transformed Marsh’s life. From Kimberly, who triumphs over a lifelong alcohol addiction, to Alyssa, who dies reaching out for the mother who abandoned her, Marsh witnesses the spectrum of human experience and the depth of the human spirit.
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About the Author
Carol D. Marsh is a writer and winner of New Millennium Writings’ 2016 Literary Award for Nonfiction. In 2014, Marsh received her MFA in creative nonfiction from Goucher College, where her thesis was Nowhere Else I Want to Be. She recently founded the online school Forum for Growth in Service. For more information, please visit www.caroldmarsh.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite Nowhere Else I Want to Be: A Memoir by Carol D Marsh is an inspiring memoir that redefines the sense of humanity in a world where human values are quickly replaced by an egoistic culture. In this spellbinding memoir, the founder of Miriam’s House — a residence for Washington, DC’s homeless women with AIDS — shares her journey through the first ten years of her project. The reader is immediately transported into another side of Washington, a grim reality of suffering and pain that is ignored by those who hold the power to make the changes that could affect millions of lives. This is a story of one woman’s courage to step out of her world to confront the difficult reality of suffering and pain in others, a journey that is filled with powerful challenges. Carol D Marsh takes the reader with her through this story, confronting racism at its deepest core, struggling to create spaces where homeless women can experience hospitality and reconnect with their humanity. Readers will meet people like Kimberly, a woman who suffers from alcohol addiction, and Alyssa who longs for a mother’s touch, having been abandoned by her own mother. It’s a story that shows readers how, in the midst of the worst form of suffering, there is a light shining; that in the prostitute, there is a child of purity, and that in the distant, intolerant person, there could be someone wounded, yearning for love. Nowhere Else I Want to Be: A Memoir is a story of love and compassion, a memoir that brilliantly articulates values that our society needs to be a better place. I enjoyed how Marsh’s sense of humanity comes across in her narrative. I was stunned by her courage and her selfless spirit, reaching out to embrace the destitute in very difficult and trying circumstances, most often putting her own life in danger. This book - just like the work of Jean Vanier, the founder of L’Arche - will change the way we look at others, especially those less fortunate than us. It brought tears to my eyes and awoke deep sentiments of compassion and a love I haven’t felt before.
Reviewed by Gisela Dixon for Readers' Favorite Nowhere Else I Want to Be: A Memoir by Carol D. Marsh is a memoir primarily about Carol’s experiences and years working at Miriam’s Home, a shelter for homeless women with AIDS. Nowhere Else I Want to Be talks a bit about Carol’s own family and upbringing, but the story really revolves around the women that lived in the shelter that Carol ran for 14 years. Carol decided to open this shelter as a way to help homeless women in Washington DC, women that didn’t have anywhere else to go. Most of the women, in addition to battling AIDS, had histories of abuse, alcoholism, and drug abuse among other things. Carol presents the case histories of these women as we learn about their backgrounds, their poverty, and their living conditions before they moved in here. Nowhere Else I Want to Be: A Memoir by Carol D. Marsh is an inspiring read and Carol does an excellent job of presenting the women’s stories as genuinely and honestly as possible, along with the good, bad, and ugly. Most of the women who come to her are African American, and Carol also addresses the larger issues of inherited prejudice, judgement, and racism that still pervade American society today. The writing is crisp, clear, and simple, almost like someone has written a diary. The stories were sadder because, like a lot of homeless women coming from an abusive background, some of the women had developed AIDS from being forced into prostitution at a young age. Overall, this is an eye-opening read for anyone and I would certainly recommend it.