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If I Live to Be 100 - The Wisdom of Centenarians

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Following the successful American Farmer and The American Nurse, acclaimed photographer Paul Mobley (photographer of American Farmer) now turns his lens on America's eldest citizens in a tour across every state to photograph more than 50 centenarians. With powerful portraits, stories sharing hard-earned wisdom, and a foreword by Norman Lear, this book will be a poignant and inspirational gift for friends and family members of all ages.


More than fifty extraordinary Americans, who have all celebrated their one hundredth birthday, share a century of insights. Paul Mobley has taken his camera on the road once again, this time to photograph America’s oldest and wisest citizens. Mobley traveled to all fifty states to find these indomitable, extraordinary centenarians. In this inspiring collection of intimate and powerful portraits, direct quotes, and personal stories, we learn that wisdom is the reward for perseverance.

The centenarians in Mobley’s stunning portfolio are eyewitnesses to a century dominated by world wars and conflicts, space travel, and cultural and digital revolutions. Their stories are inspirational, educational, and deeply touching. In them, we are reminded that love, loss, hope, and grief are essential ingredients in a full life and that humor can get us through the worst of times.

Mobley’s heartfelt portraits are a beautiful tribute to this unique assemblage of Americans. There are more than 70,000 centenarians in the United States alone. Each of them has touched others with their gift of long lives. This book is a celebration of this generation and an inspiration to the rest of us.

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