If I Live to Be 100 is based on One Hundred Years of Stories, a series of profiles of American centenarians, which Ellis produced and which aired in 2000 on NPR's Morning Edition. There are now more 100-year-olds alive than at any other time in history, and longevity studies are finding many of them are active, healthy, and engaged with the world around them.
Neenah Ellis set out to meet these people and to hear what insights, memories, wisdom, and just plain common sense tips they have to offer. What she's found will surprise you. The original radio profiles are creatively incorporated into Ellis's reading of her book, and the result is a moving and inspiring audio experience.
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The title is a little misleading
I would change the author's whining about how she was conducting her interviews. It's a good book if you want to hear about a person's life's history. If I was the author, I would change the title, I would have also prepared better for the interviews, and I would have questioned my subjects more in detail regarding their eating habits, exercise and daily routines. It's not a book about how they got to be 100 years old. I find the author falling short on this one. No secrets revealed, nothing but history of their contributions to life. Which in a sense can be the main factor of longevity. Giving to others brings forth happiness, which in return can enhance a person's life.
- Sandra I. Ortiz