What's a Raconteur?

rac·on·teur
/ˌräˌkänˈtər/

A person who tells anecdotes in a skillful and amusing way; a storyteller; a narrator

Preserving Lives and Legacies

We conduct in-home interviews and produce heirloom life story books for families to cherish.

Tell Your Story

What We Do

Our expert writers work one-on-one with every storyteller or couple during intimate interviews and create completely custom, one-of-a-kind life story books. If a loved one has passed away, our writers interview family and friends in order to create a tribute book that captures the life lived.

Life Story Book

The Challenges and Successes of My Life:
The Memoir of M.P. Dumesnil, Jr.

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Couple's Life Story Book

I Wouldn't Have Missed It for the World:
The Story of Terrel and Juliette Dressel

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Tribute Book

Bright as the Sun:
The Paula Wooton Story

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Our Story

Raconteur

Raconteur was born out of the desire to preserve parents' and grandparents’ life stories. Co-founder, Olivia Spallino Savoie, documented her grandmothers’ memories. After seeing what the keepsake memoirs meant to her own family, she began writing life story books for families everywhere.

Olivia & Joshua Savoie

The saddest sentence I know is ‘I wish I had asked my mother about that.’

~ WILLIAM ZINSSER

  • Testimonials

    "...It [the interview questions] refreshed memories that I almost forgot. It brought up things I hadn’t told my family before... I thought Olivia was very, very good. The whole book is very informative and sounds very much like me telling about my life. My family loves it. I liked every bit of the book..."

    Aline F.

    104-year-old Raconteur

  • Testimonials

    "Because we've [my wife and I] had such a varied background and been to so many places, a lot of them before the children were born, I thought it would be nice if it [our life story] was in writing. I had always thought that I would do it. But I could not have imagined anything that I would do would turn out to be something like this [book]. She [Olivia Savoie] has just done a marvelous job... I got the distinct feeling when I was reading it that I was talking. She had a knack to put me right in the middle of this. I think when my kids read this, this is going to be Dad talking."

    Douglas T.

    Raconteur

  • Testimonials

    "We love the book. [We are] so happy that you could do this for Mimi and for all of us. [The book is] such a special memory we will be able to share for many generations."

    Mica H.

    Granddaughter

  • Testimonials

    "My thought from the beginning was to produce a written manuscript with which I might surprise my children—that would somewhat describe what life was like in my early years… It is with a great deal of relief and appreciation that I thank Olivia for her focus and leadership in helping bring this task to fruition."

    Dr. David F.

    Raconteur

  • Testimonials

    "I have really enjoyed working with Raconteur on my parents’ tribute books. Olivia Savoie helped me in so many ways. I had a wonderful experience in reliving their past, and so will my boys and grandchildren."

    Sherry S.

    Daughter

  • Testimonials

    "They [my parents] enjoyed their time with you and relished the opportunity this created to take a trip back down memory lane. The story you wrote will be a family treasure for many years."

    Terry D.

    Son

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The subject(s) of the book is alive and able to communicate their story to a writer
The subject(s) of the book has passed away and other loved ones will relay their story to the writer
The subject(s) of the book has written pieces of their life story, but needs a writer to add to and refine the work for publication
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