Carol D. Marsh
Nowhere Else I Want to Be wins two awards in MAY 2017: 
(1) the Finalist in the 2017 Indie Excellence Book Awards, Memoir Category; AND (2) a Finalist in the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Autobiography/Memoir Category. 
ALSO this year: 5-Star Review from Authors Talk About It
A&U Magazine / TJ Banks
Marsh paints vivid word-pictures of the women of Miriam’s House, enabling us to enter their lives as much as it is humanly possible to. And we come away from the book moved by both the story she tells and the honesty with which she tells it. 
Jesse J. Holland, author of The Invisibles: The Untold Story of African American Slaves in the White House; and Black Men Built the Capitol: Discovering African American History In and Around Washington, DC.
Very few people take the time to delve into the plight of those less fortunate, but Carol D. Marsh’s “Nowhere Else I Want to Be” takes us into the lives of the women of Miriam's House—homeless, black and living with AIDS—and gives them a much needed voice in a sometimes cruel and harsh world. Marsh also reveals with unflinching honesty her own struggles as a white, middle-class woman living and working in a culture unfamiliar and sometimes even distressing to her. “Nowhere Else I Want to Be” is required reading for anyone who wants to know about a side of Washington, D.C. rarely seen by tourists or even natives, and a textbook example of the power of the written word crafted by a wonderful writer and even better person.
Cristina Flagg-Cousins, MSW
I was thrilled to hear that Carol would be writing a memoir about Miriam’s House. The world deserves to know the story of that place, both painful and beautiful, tragic and life-giving.
Carol does a masterful job of sharing the story with her readers from an honest and vulnerable place, never mincing words or glossing over the complicated emotions and situations she experienced while at the helm of the organization. This kind of transparency is a rare gift.
Nowhere I'd Rather Be is a must-read for anyone interested in a life dedicated to “the service of others”. Hopefully it will help others to explore their motivation for serving, ask themselves the toughest questions, and ultimately become more self-aware and compassionate citizens – something that is desperately needed in our modern world.Cristina Flagg-Cousins, MSW
David Hilfiker, author of Healing the Wounds: A Physician Looks at his Life; Not All of Us are Saints: A Doctor's Journey with the Poor; and Urban Injustice: How Ghettos Happen.
Carol writes with joy and humor about her years living face-to-face with the gritty, sometimes painful, often joyous realities of those we keep on the margins of our society.
John Dennehy
An important work. Looking forward to this one!
Chris Robinson
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Diane Eatough
I loved it!!  I love your writing style. I enjoyed the bit about Sunday dinners. Having been my babysitter since I was, literally, a baby, I've had the pleasure of knowing Carol the majority of my live. I remember her beautiful singing voice (angels) and her gentle, quiet way. Her and her sisters had THE best barbies!!Having lost touch for way too long, I am pleased to know her again at this point in our lives. I had know this part of her life, but I can truly say that I cannot wait to read this book, and the next. Much love, diane
Andrea Jackson
Giving a voice to those who often don't have one. Love this concept
Bridey Heing
D.C. may be a small city, but for many of us the struggles of some of the city’s most vulnerable can feel worlds apart. In her new memoir “Nowhere Else I Want to Be,” Carol Marsh — the founding executive director of Miriam’s House — throws open the doors of the residence and service provider for homeless women with AIDS. Marsh recently launched the memoir at The Potter’s House in Adams Morgan, shedding light on what life is like for some of the District’s least visible. In 1996, Marsh and a small team of co-workers founded and opened Miriam’s House as a refuge for women struggling with homelessness and living with HIV/AIDS. Over the 14 years that Marsh ran and lived at nonprofit’s Northwest apartment building, she and her staff helped more than 150 women, as well as around 30 of their children. Services varied from efforts to address substance abuse issues to allowing the women to pass away in the comfort of a home. As Marsh makes clear throughout the book, the work was emotionally intense but deeply fulfilling. “I can get quite nostalgic about the work,” she said. “It was so immediate, so meaningful on the practical, daily level as well as on the spiritual level, that in looking back on those years I’m tempted to speak sentimentally. But I fought it, especially in the early years after Miriam’s House opened in 1996. I never want to forget that.” Marsh left Miriam’s House in late 2009 due to chronic migraines, and a year later the program was incorporated into the N Street Village nonprofit, but Marsh did not want to lose her sense of what Miriam’s House had been during her tenure. She started writing the women’s stories, and used them as a foundation for her master’s thesis at Goucher College in 2014. Eventually, that thesis became “Nowhere Else I Want to Be.”“It’s about community and looking beyond surface differences,” Marsh said. “It’s about doing the hard work of understanding differences and working within them instead of letting them drive us apart.” Working to understand one another is a cornerstone of the book, which pivots between Marsh’s recalled stories about women at Miriam’s House and Miriam’s House founder recalls years of her own experiences as she confronted the reality of the women’s lived experiences. As a self-described liberal, progressive woman, Marsh was not expecting the culture shock she found herself dealing with early on, and she hopes that her example can help others. “The extremes can be shocking, both in learning how others have lived and the difficulties they’ve faced, and in hearing language, subject matter, grammar and syntax of a kind one is unfamiliar with,” she said. “I think that, so often, our immediate reaction is one of judgment, as was mine. Perhaps one of the effects of this book will be to remind others like me, who are well off and have lived a relatively privileged life, that there are many whose lives are struggles to survive.” Marsh also hopes that this book starts a larger conversation, not just among people who may not otherwise be exposed to situations she saw at Miriam’s House, but also among those in service. Having recently launched the online Forum for Growth in Service, Marsh is hoping to use her own experiences as a jumping-off point to support others working in similar fields as they confront the reality of an often idealized field. Throughout the book, Marsh avoids overly sentimental poetics in favor of genuinely human moments of connection. At the book’s launch event, she read passages about a woman, Kimberly, who both tested and underlined the resolve Marsh had to show in order to help the women she served. The passages juxtapose humor — such as Marsh’s bonding with Kimberly over a particularly ridiculous horror movie — and darkness — when Marsh has to make Kimberly leave Miriam’s House after violating residency rules. The minutiae of everyday life is broken up by crisis and loss, making this book feel honest, human and ultimately moving in its portrayal of women helping women. “The book, ultimately, is about relationship and tolerance, about navigating differences toward understanding and love instead of using them as a reason for division,” Marsh said. “We seem so polarized today in this country. Perhaps reading about this small community and the ways we struggled — how we strove in the small matters that comprise everyday life to find ways to come together in understanding and compassion — will make an impression.”