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Nowhere Else I Want to Be: A Memoir

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  36 ratings  ·  13 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 325 pages
Published January 10th 2017 by Inkshares
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Linda Zagon
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it

My Review of ” Nowhere Else I Want to Be: A Memoir” by Carol D. Marsh

I would like to thank the author for a copy of “Nowhere Else I Want to Be: A Memoir” by Carol D. Marsh for my honest review.

The genres of this book are Memoir and Nonfiction.

Carol D. Marsh found a need to work for social justice. Her need led her to found Miriam’s House a place for impoverished women with Aids. This was in 1991, when Aids was considered a taboo subject. There was only one medicine that was given, and often that
Carol D. Marsh
Jan 08, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I wrote this book for three reasons: because I wanted to tell my story, because I didn't want to forget the women of Miriam's House, and because I wanted the world to fall in love with them as I did.

If you liked this book, if you too want the world to know about these women, please help me promote it. Chronic migraines keep me from making the kind of book tour that authors and publishers typically plan. So, in addition to my online efforts, I rely on word of mouth for promotion.

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Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Seeing a homeless person on the street makes most of us feel compassion, or even guilt. We feel that it isn't right that anyone should have to live like this in a wealthy country such as the United States. Something needs to be done, we think. Someone should take action, we think.

This is the true story of a person who not only saw this problem, but spent her life caring for these forgotten people in Washington D.C. Carol D. Marsh founded Miriam's House, a place where AIDS sufferers, including t
D.M. Williams
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it

Carol D. Marsh’s memoir explores the very complex and tumultuous experience of one woman as she embarks on a journey of servitude towards tending to the tender physical and emotional wounds of ailing women suffering from debilitating diseases. The common thread which links the women Marsh describes, quite affectionately I might add, is their HIV and AIDS diagnosis in addition to their unfortunate economic circumstances. Marsh’s narrative is both sincere and even comical on occasion as she shares
Feb 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, memoir, non-fiction
One of the great things about books is getting to live through experiences completely removed from your own. This was a random library pick up, and it was certainly something very different.

The author started and lived in/worked in a house/program in DC for homeless women with AIDS for 14 years. This is an account of that time. It is mostly a collection of stories about various residents, with a little bit of the author's journey in learning to deal with things. (Idealism met reality, and it wa
Amber Hooper
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
I made it to page 250/325. I read this book for class and once I wrote my response to it and we discussed it in class, I couldn't be bothered to actually finish it. It wasn't bad, I'm just not really into memoirs so I'm not super interested in investing more time into it.
John Dennehy
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a look inside a homeless shelter in Washington DC as well as the inside the woman's heart and mind who ran it. It delicately explores issues such as empathy, solidarity and privilege and is as timeless and it is relevant.
Karen Germain
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thank You to Inkshares for providing me with an advanced copy of Carol D. Marsh's memoir, Nowhere Else I Want to Be, in exchange for an honest review.

PLOT- In the mid 90's Carol Marsh founded Miriam's House, a shelter in Washington D.C. for homeless women infected with HIV. Marsh spent many years as the director of the non-profit, including living in Miriam's House with her husband, Tim. Nowhere Else I Want to Be, is not just Marsh's story, but the story of the women who both worked and lived at
Katie B
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Carol Marsh was the founder and director of Miriam's House, a residence for homeless women, the vast majority African-American, living with AIDS. This book deals with the difficulties Carol faced with starting this non-profit and the challenges of dealing with staff and residents that come from different backgrounds than her own.

I found this book fascinating for several reasons. I enjoyed reading about how Carol had to overcome some of the normal difficulties with running a non-profit and how s
Dec 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: amazon-reviewed
Nowhere Else I Want to Be: A Memoir by Carol D. Marsh is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late December.

Nowhere Else I Want to Be covers the fourteen years that Marsh has spent founding and living at Miriam's House after a childhood and adulthood impassioned by social justice and public service. The nature of this book speaks of a nurturing household environment filled with outings and the comforts of home for homeless/disadvantaged women living with the effects of HIV and AIDS; where Marsh
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An honest and vulnerable memoir about a time in DC's history when AIDS was a death sentence. Carol Marsh pours her heart and soul onto the pages. A great book for young people who want to "do good" in the world to consider how complicated that desire can be. Luckily, Carol is honest about her own failings and complicated humanity and it makes for an enlightening read.
Jan 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a deeply powerful memoir that inspired me toward activism. No one should have the life story that the woman described in these pages have experienced. Marsh does an amazing job of giving a voice to these women whose stories exemplify much of what is wrong with America today. Our current leaders would be well served to read this book and I plan to send it to my representatives.
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Nowhere Else I Want to Be" is one of those great books you fall into, getting to know the people who inhabit it as dear friends. It's a non-fiction memoir that reads like the best fiction and brings you all the joy and heartache that a good book does.
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RECENT NEWS (June 2017): Carol D. Marsh's memoir, "Nowhere Else I Want to Be" has been awarded Finalist in two contests: 2017 Indie Excellence Awards and 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

Carol D. Marsh lives in Washington, DC, where she is (as of January 2017) working on her next writing project, looking for ways to promote her memoir "Nowhere Else I Want to Be" and improving her online scho