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Over the years we’ve received a lot of compliments on our writing, but the best one came from a nine-year-old boy. We’d helped his great aunt write a book of her life stories, and she was reading them aloud to a group of family and friends. The boy listened intently as she read about how her father, the boy’s great-grandfather, had escaped from Russia and made his way to the United States.

When she was finished, the boy came over to us. “Thank you for helping Auntie Pearl write that story,” he said. “When I hear about my family, it makes me proud to be me.”

We fell into the memoir-writing business by accident. Andy helped her parents record their life stories, and the experience, which was documented in an article in Newsweek, was so rewarding that it truly changed our lives.

We started a business, Legacy Prose™, through which we act as ghostwriters or mentors for people who want to preserve their family stories for future generations. We've worked with folks from North Carolina to southern California, and the benefits are enormous—not only for our clients, but for us as well. After all, what’s better than  hearing, and learning from, the stories of other people?

We were honored when two of our stories were chosen for an anthology showcasing the best of personal history. In fact, the title of the book, My Words are Gonna Linger, was taken from our story about an Appalachian toy maker.

Below, excerpts from a few of the memoirs we've helped  people write. (Names have been changed.)

Please give us a call if you'd like to learn more about our work as ghostwriters and personal historians.

So Far From Home

In this book a woman speaks directly to her son, and through him, to her future grandchildren. This is one of the stories chosen for the anthology, My Words Are Gonna Linger.

You want to know about when I met Daddy? Let me tell you. Dr. Lifsky lived next door to us in my town, Bereza Kartuska in Poland. One day he came over and said to my mother, “Sarah, I am getting a visitor, an old friend who used to live in Warsaw. Now he has a jewelry store in America. He’s a macher [Yiddish for "big shot"] there.”

The doctor didn’t have to finish what he was saying. My mother knew. “Of course, bring him over,” she said. “Our house is your house.”  Read more.


Going All the Time

Here, we helped a woman tell the stories of her life and, at the same time, reflect on the life she almost had.

Most people, when they start to recount the stories of their life, are hesitant, unsure how to begin. Elizabeth Maynard has no such problem.

“Bobby was the love of my life,” she says forcefully, looking me straight in the eye to make sure I understand the implications of her statement, the importance of Bobby.

Then, as quickly as she began, she stops. She puts her elbows on the table, rests her forehead in her hands. When, after a short pause, she begins talking again, her voice is so low it is barely audible.  Read more.

Two Lives, One Love

In this instance we worked with a long-married couple to create a joint memoir. As their personal story is so entwined with the time and place where they lived for more than 80 years, their local historical society requested several copies for their library.

What do you say about a man who, after 66 years of marriage, posts a love note on the mirror above his wife’s vanity?

What do you say about a woman who, at age 85, smiles as she says thoughtfully, “You know, sometimes Jerry’s stubborn, and sometimes he’s impatient. But that’s not bad, not bad at all. Everybody is entitled to two little faults.”   Read more.