Testimonials

Feedback from former clients about working with us on their books. See bottom of page for a comprehensive list of locales:

“Thanks, thanks for a beautiful thing, if that is a fair way to characterize a book. For a moment I had the same rush of joy that I remember when I first held each of my children.”
 ––Harold C. Hirshman, Sketches from Memory, Chicago, IL

“I've read every letter Scott Fitzgerald ever wrote to Max Perkins, and I've read three volumes (about 2,500 pages) of all of Jack London's letters to his publisher as well. And neither of them enjoyed the process of getting a book done nearly as much as I did. Working with you was always fun. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Thank you for the magic with which you turned a pile of letters into a real book.”
—Joe Garrett, Eighteen Letters: from a father to his daughter, San Francisco, CA

"KittyThanks for encouraging me to see this through. I damn near pulled the plug a few times! In the end, the example of my grandfather’s belief in himself kept me going—along with a little help from my friends, Ali and Vinsula!"
—Timothy B. McBride, The Memoirs of Frank A. McBride, McLean, VA

"Mostly Paris was a big part of me…. You presented that work with great care to all the details and made it shine. Similarly the history book you did for me [The Division of Nephrology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1958–2008: Fifty Years of Excellence] was very much a personal story…. So in a way I trusted you with my life, and that creates a bond. I know that for many, getting a book done is just a transaction and little more but, for me, it's a matter of trust, respect for the person and the work."
—Stephen Rostand, author of Mostly Paris and
The Division of Nephrology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1958–2008: Fifty Years of Excellence, Birmingham, AL

“Historical blueprint for the family. Do not know cost but worth the cost and effort. Enjoyed working with Kitty, Ali, and Vinsula knowing that all were ‘snowflakes’!”
—Brooks Bradford, Sr., I Said I’d Retire…, Houston, TX

"It has been an absolute pleasure to work with the wonderful people at White Poppy Press/Modern Memoirs. They were supportive, helpful and professional every step of the way through the publishing of my book. When I had a question, it was answered promptly and constructively. When I wanted to propose an idea or make a change, they were accommodating at every turn. The process was very smooth and the finished product is marvelous! My book looks professional from cover to cover. The design of the cover is aesthetically outstanding and the text looks just as I wanted it to—the book simply turned out fabulously. I would definitely work with the White Poppy Press/Modern Memoirs team again in the future, and at this point you could even say I intend to."
—James A. Heffernan, The Reality of Hunter-Gatherers (2016), Sandy, UT

"I want you to know how much fun it was working with you and how amazed I am at how well the book came out. … I really loved working with you all. Thanks for being such good midwives!!"
—Eliza Gouverneur, Kiddushin, or Toaster Oven Fire, Amherst, MA

"...Seeing the book for the first time was a real thrill.  As I told you, I am extremely pleased with the outcome.  I find myself picking it up and thumbing through it repetitively—as though I had never seen the material before! I also want to be sure you know how pleased I have been with your expert staff.  Both Vinsula and Ali have been wonderful.  They were professional every step of the way, and their work product is impeccable.  I also appreciated the definitiveness with which they approached their work, how clear they were in their communications and how they adhered to promised schedules—traits often lost in the business world today.  You are very fortunate to have these talented women in your midst.  I've said ‘you're the best,’ of course, but so are they.  You've got a terrific team.  Hang on to them!"
—Keith Cobb, Out of the Red Clay Hills, Fort Lauderdale, FL

“I wanted to send my utmost thanks to everyone at Modern Memoirs for their expertise and assistance during the publishing process. Being a first-time writer and clueless to what is really involved in publishing a book, I am grateful for your expertise, ready support, and reassurance when issues arose. No matter how good a person may think their writing skills, a good book is simply not possible without partners that can provide the necessary editing, proofreading, and formatting. But most of all, you provided those critical services without changing my individual style, voice, and message. Grazie mille.”
—Tony La Bella, La Famiglia La Bella: i Mugnai, Branford, CT

"…the book arrived yesterday.  I am happy with the high quality of the printing.  The cover and page quality are very good.  Thanks for the great job of bringing together my little story!  Enjoyed working with y’all and having a new experience."
—Grant Craven, Wearing Out Pickups, Crow's Landing, CA

“This was a delightful experience…simply full of good taste, sense, and style. Writing this book prolonged the agony of Jay's death and, now, finishing it and giving it over to you… there is a broad sense of peace within this old guy. White Poppy [Press] has a not insignificant role in peace-making, not just symbolically for a reading audience but also actually for this author. Thank you.”
—Rud Turnbull, The Exceptional Life of Jay Turnbull: Disability and Dignity in America, 1967–2009, Lawrence, KS

"Thank you, thank you, for all your work on this project. You have been so patient with me…waiting for me to finish the writing. It really has been such a pleasure working with you over the last two years. Thanks for all your help, assistance on all the technical aspects, and very enjoyable phone conversations. Your attention to detail and keeping me informed of each step has been amazing!" 
—Joyce Phillips, The Tree Shall Grow: The History of the Phillips–McSpadden Families, El Cajon, CA

“The books are gorgeous! The paper that you chose for the printing and to make the photos look great—oh, my gosh—I can’t believe how good they look. It looks fantastic! I’m just so, so very pleased. I’m absolutely thrilled and so glad that I had you do these books for us. A huge thank you!"
—Joyce Phillips, editor of On Watch at Sea: Aboard the USS Charleston; The WWI Diaries of Arthur M. Best, El Cajon, CA

“I've received endless attention from this adventure! I didn't expect that many different people to love the book quite as intensely as they did. I was able to enlighten a lot of people about what happened with the Nazis.”
—Hilde Adler, The Way It Was: Not So Long Ago in a Country Not So Far Away, Madison, WI

"One of my most cherished accomplishments was to have a book written about my father’s life. He had so many interesting stories that would have been lost if not for his book. Imagine picking up a book on your great-grandfather’s life, his interests, successes, failures, dreams! How much can we really say about our long-gone loved ones?”
––Brian Dunsirn, I Dunno, Appleton, WI

“Thank you for your super job on Bea’s Journey. The book was received with rave reviews in Chicago! You were entirely professional to work with and I would recommend you without reservation.” 
––Alan Schriesheim, director of Argonne National Laboratory (retired), Chicago, IL

“Thank you for the wonderful job you did interviewing me, writing, and publishing my memoir, Journey Through the Twentieth Century. This book would never have been written and published so beautifully without your dedication, skill, and perseverance, all of which were quite useful in my case.” 
––Professor John M. Maki, Amherst, MA

“I wanted to capture my father’s personal story in his own words and at the same time to create a document involving a high level of research and scholarship . . . and to be sensitive to the innocence and poignancy of my father’s retelling of his childhood, given how tragically things turned out for his family. Modern Memoirs conducted extensive interviews with my father and his contemporaries on three continents in a variety of languages, researched historical archives in the U.S., Europe, and Israel, commissioned maps, added dozens of photographs, and created a book that is rich, deep, and accurate, drawing praise from well-known scholars such as Michael Berenbaum and Arthur Kurzweil. We were so pleased with the results that we decided to have our books mass printed, promoted, and distributed commercially in Israel and the U.S. We’ll see whether they sell!” 
––Ben Golub (excerpted from his book Kaddishel and in conversation), New York, NY

“...I would like to thank Kitty Axelson-Berry for her invaluable help in collecting, assembling, and reviewing all of this material, and for her sensitive handling of all the emotions and challenges of this project. She and the team she put together at Modern Memoirs helped make this book both a deeply personal story and a reference source of three of the historical periods through which I have lived.” 
––Aharon Golub (excerpted from Kaddishel), Bethpage, NY

“I thoroughly enjoyed the process of working with you and found that you were respectful of my wishes and vision even when it was not entirely in accord with your professional knowledge. You were excellent in using your professional skills in guiding choices and providing me with the knowledge to make choices that affected the final outcome of the project. I thank you for making me part of the process all along the way even though Modern Memoirs was doing all the heavy lifting. I am very pleased with how the finished book looks. So far, family who have seen the book are also pleased....”
––Claire Bateman, Vignettes: Bertha C. Coors & Harold S. "Jack" Munroe, Northampton, MA

“I can’t get through a page without crying, so I’ve only read about 10 pages! This is so wonderful! I knew there was going to be a book––it wasn’t a complete surprise––but I had absolutely no idea that it would be so amazing. This book has made a big difference in our family––the process of creating it and, even more so, seeing the results and learning about each other. The children read each others’ letters and were very, very moved. And they were moved by the product itself, the fact that it had been created and is so beautiful, really wonderful. … I’m overwhelmed! The design is beautiful––the use of white space, the fonts you chose, the presentation of the photographs and cartoons, the use of separate pages for the letters, the size and shape––and the paper selection––the speckling on the outside edges…! Thank you!”
––Martha Joukowsky, Dearest Martha, Providence, RI

“When I received the books I cried and soon afterwards began (till this day) to feel relieved, less tense and increasingly patient. Working with you, Kitty and Ali, was a terrific learning experience.”
—Naftali Glasman, To Die an Israeli–American?, Santa Barbara, CA

"Sometimes I’d dawdle, sometimes I’d mope
While writing The Other Side of Hope.
How could my words turn into a book?
I often wondered how it would look.

"Though I knew how to write and know how to read
I hadn’t a clue as to how to proceed.
But then I discovered a place with class
Called “Modern Memoirs” in Amherst, Mass.

"So thanks to Ali and Kitty
For being wise and witty.
You showed me how to get it done
And all the while you made it fun!"
—Connie Markoff, The Other Side of Hope, New Hampshire

“I loved the book! It really made my birthday so special to have the words of dear family and good friends mark this occasion. Beyond that, the book was so beautiful, well designed, and beautifully edited! It was truly a joy to behold. I must say, what you did far surpassed my expectations of what the book would—or could—look like and be. Thank you for all you did. It was a memorable job (forgive the pun)."
––Jan Goldman, Spinning and Tossing the White Ribbons…, Philadelphia, PA

“Dad so enjoyed working with you.... Many thanks for all you did to make his final masterpiece just that."
––Sandy Irwin, daughter of author Mack F. Wallace,  Call Me Mack, Longmeadow, MA

“I wish to thank you for the great yellow book [Happy Birthday, Stanley!] that somehow keeps Stanley within us. I have it near my bed and I read a bit almost every night. Stanley is at his best on page 89: "Things I´ve loved in a lifetime/Things I´ve hated in a lifetime". You should be very proud of your work, of the fact that this book exists. Just before I left, I visited Stanley and I read him my letter from the book. We both cried some tears, some good and felt tears. I am very glad I went to New York to Stanley´s birthday.”
––Nuno Mateus, recipient of Happy Birthday, Stanley! celebration book (of the late Stanley Prowler), Lisbon, Portugal

“We want to thank you for your enthusiasm, intelligence, insight and wonderful suggestions in making All the Things You Are. Your patience and excitement made it easy and joyous. Your understanding and the love you developed for us during this process were treasured throughout and helped us create this treasure for my father and all who love him. Modern Memoirs offers such a priceless service. It was the best gift, and he loved it so.” 
––Judith Sanders, Amherst, MA

“It is very important to me to let the world know what a good, kind man Henry was. Thank you for all of your help."
––Liesel Margenau, wife of author H. Margenau, This Is My Life, New Haven, CT

“I want to thank...Kitty Axelson-Berry and Alison de Groot, who put the final touches on my manuscript and brought it all to fruition.”
—June Judson, Tales From the Doctor's Daughter, Canton, MA

“Thank you for editing and publishing Master of All Trades, A Tribute to Larry and then Where or When! A Happy, Long Life. I enjoy working with you very much!”
––Margaret Williams, VA

And from the earliest days of the business:

“Kitty published and designed my small book of poetry. She did a beautiful job and was fun to work with. She has creative flair.”
––Nina D. Wood, Vermont

“One of those rare editors who respects a writer’s desire for truly free speech.” 
––Al Giordano, investigative journalist, Chalapa, Mexico

“. . . an extraordinary editor and writer with remarkable talent for getting to the heart of an issue and a story… and easy to work with, too.”
––Harvey Wasserman, author, Columbus, OH

“She brings great skill to the craft of writing. I have a great deal of respect for her careful eye . . . and she follows through on any commitment with vision and persistence.” 
––Rabbi Louis A. Rieser, Walpole, NH

 

 

Locales

We have produced books for clients who are available
as references in the following locations:

Colombia
England
France
Israel
Spain
United States:

Alabama
California
Connecticut
Colorado
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Maine
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Wisconsin