“An inspiring story of a writer and journalist who overcame great handicaps to achieve success. Glad Farm reminds us of the role our habitats play in shaping our lives.”

 —President Jimmy Carter, Nobel Laureate

"Searingly Honest"
The grinding poverty of her childhood reminds one of Jeannette Walls’s early years in her 2005 memoir Glass Castle…. An elegantly written but searingly honest tale.”

—Tom Burke, Author 

"A Dirt-Poor Existence"
"Catherine Marenghi knew her childhood was different from that of her peers—a dirt-poor existence in a one-room farmhouse, without indoor plumbing or central heating. But not until she published her memoir did she discover that, in some ways, her story wasn’t as unique as she believed.”

—Nancy Shohet West, The Boston Globe

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“It's a story that holds no punches and grips one's emotions. The images and passages linger in your mind. A true masterpiece. Marenghi's style will remind you of the great Italian novelist Elena Ferrante.”

“Glad Farm is poignant and a story of enormous resilience. What makes it special to me is that I finished it over a week ago, and I have read another book since – and yet I can't get it out of my mind.”
"Catherine's exceptional vividness ranks up with or is better than Pulitzer Prize winner Frank McCourt's Angela's Ashes. A must read."

“I couldn’t put it down. Catherine portrayed the early years of her life so acutely that I could smell the flowers.”
“From the first page I was drawn in to this beautiful story of love, hope, resilience, and gratitude. This is a page-turner that I won't soon forget.”

“You know a book is good when it transports you to another time and place, losing consciousness of where you are. Glad Farm tells Catherine's story of childhood, with a mixture of tragedy and simple pleasures.”

“I typically read light, easy fictions and do enjoy historical fictions. This is not fiction. This is my first memoir and it’s an AMAZING story of strength, perseverance, and success.”
“I read this gripping testament to human resilience in practically one sitting.”
“Glad Farm is an inspiring and heartfelt memoir. ... you won't want to put it down. Thank you, Catherine, for sharing your remarkable story!"
“Her memoir paints a haunting yet tender picture of familial ties that left me crying and rejoicing at the same time.”
“Sweet, tragic, painful, but joyous... loved it.”
“She made the reader feel her struggles, joys and accomplishments. A MUST read by a small town New Englander with a big heart!”

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"Growing up on Glad Farm"
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