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100 Years: Wisdom From Famous Writers on Every Year of Your Life

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An extraordinary literary journey, 100 Years celebrates every age from birth to 100 with quotations from the world’s greatest writers.

This literary tapestry of the human experience will delight readers of all backgrounds. Moving year by year through the words of our most beloved authors, the great sequence of life reveals itself—the wonders and confinements of childhood, t
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Hardcover, 208 pages
Published May 3rd 2016 by W. W. Norton Company (first published May 2nd 2016)
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Junta
Oct 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Humans
Recommended to Junta by: My sister
As someone who has spent hours researching (read: clicking my mouse, orchestrating the keyboard, traversing through pages) for some ideas I had for book reviews, I appreciated the author's what must have been a mammoth effort in achieving completeness, with a genuinely pleasing contribution from a graphic designer no less (lovely colours and design!), of compiling quotes for the ages 0-100.

A book that you can pick up time and time again, and ignite all sorts of discussions with a friend, a famil
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Am Y
Jun 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book features a collection of quotes, each related to a different year of one's life, from birth (0 years) to, presumably, death (100 years). Each quote is taken from a literary work, and is printed on a page of its own, with the age mentioned in the quote printed opposite it. Every page is printed in a different colour, and the colours vary gradually in tone from start to end.

Reading through this book from start to end was a highly reflective, somewhat meditative, and on the whole, inspiri
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John of Canada
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: design and art lovers.
Shelves: art, non-fiction
Basically a book of quotations,however the design by Milton Glaser is wonderful,how the page colours blend into each other.Glaser is one of my favourite people.Anything he writes or designs is very worthy.Hie description of toxic people is very instructive.
Danielle
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
And me..."at thirty-nine, everybody's their own problem. " _John Updike, Rabbit Remembered ...more
Sarah
Jun 18, 2016 marked it as to-read
Interview with the author on the TED radio hour:

http://www.npr.org/2016/06/10/4812911...
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Joshua Higgins
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
not really my cup of tea.. i am a slow reader and this took me 1 hour to finish. quotes seems random and arbritrary, but there were some good ones.

the book itself is pretty all the way through.
A. Allen
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was given a lovely book as a Christmas present entitled 100 Years by Joshua Prager and Milton Glaser. The book contains passages written by famous writers for every year of life from birth to 100. As I flipped through the book and noticed the opposing left- and right-justified colored pages, I realized that this was a book to hold and touch, not scroll through on a Kindle. I thought some of the passages related to the younger years were quite deep and thoughtful, and I laughed at many of the q ...more
melydia
Feb 17, 2019 rated it liked it
This book is very pretty. It's a collection of quotes from authors (novelists and otherwise) about every year of life from zero to one hundred. Some are stretching it a bit, and not all of them are actually about being said age, but it's an interesting undertaking nonetheless. Perhaps something worth bringing out on people's birthdays. ...more
Don Heiman
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Some books are owned but never read. They often are given by happenstance or inherited. Other books are borrowed and read --library books are a good example. They come my way by reference or passing interest. The salient books in my collection are most often gifted or purchased from bookstores to be read and then to populate the titles on my bookshelves. These books anchor the foundation of my experiences. "100 Years" is a compilation of quotes by Joshua Prager with illustrations by Milton Glase ...more
Mike
May 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great collection of writings on each year of life. Interesting perspective. I've always been fascinated with time and life and there were some great thoughts in this book. My favorite was the idea that we are but renting this dust (body). Really puts life in perspective and "big" issues shrink to their proper proportion.

The only reason I didn't give it a 5 was because some selections were unfortunately short and I was hoping for more context to the age related thought.

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Tosca Wijns-Van Eeden
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Funtastic! Lot of fun also to write some of the quotes on birthday cards.
A book filled with a quote for every year of life. Every decade is marked by a general quote on that decade. Well done and lots of work in putting and assembling this book together
Elizabeth
Sep 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Wish I had known more of the writers.
Judi Jeremie
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great read for any age.
Debra J.
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's such a thoughtful, beautiful book. I leave it on my coffee table and it gets picked up by guests. It makes a great gift. ...more
Birgit van Buiten
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved all the quotes and totally related to the ones of the ages I’ve already been.
Joseph F.
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
Hmmmm...didn't quite feel the wisdom with this. Maybe some bits here and there.
Nice paper though.
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Lakota Grace
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: gift givers, for every age!
Shelves: quotations
Imagine if you could ask the most famous authors in the world their views on your age today. What would they say? Better yet, what advice could they give you as you enter your next decade, and the next after that?

This is the delight that the book 100 YEARS by Joshua Prager provides. In collecting these quotes, he had very specific criteria that made the challenge all the more difficult: an author could be used only once, and the specific year must be included in the quote. What fun!

It was a slo
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Christopher Dineson
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
A close friend flipped through the pages, clapped it closed, and admonished my choice. "I'm stepping in here to say you're not allowed to read this - not in your place in time." His concern landed lightly for the tone and overstatement. But he meant it. My response is this: life fucking sucks, so choose the type of problems you want (they come with the territory), realize you're not that important, take responsibility for 150% of your consequences - even though you may not be to blame for your c ...more
Amanie
Sep 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Some quotes I liked:

"I was fond of the world at that age. Magic happened. When an adult explained the concept of hell to me at age four, I dug a hole in the backyard and saw naked people dancing underground." - Amy Tan, The Opposite of Fate

"When you are nine years old, what you remember seems forever; for you remember everything and everything is important and stands big and full and fills up Time and is so solid that you can walk around and around it like a tree and look at it. You are aware t
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Ashley Lhérisson
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Quick read - cool book of quotes for each year of life. My top four quotes were from ages 14, 16, 40, and 60.

14: "Even though I'm only fourteen, I know what I want, I know who's right and who's wrong, I have my own opinions, ideas, and principles, and though it may sound odd coming from a teenager, I feel I'm more of a person than a child -- I feel I'm completely independent of others." - Ann Frank, The Diary of Ann Frank

16: "At sixteen the adolescent knows what it is to suffer, for he himself h
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Emily Bibens
Jun 22, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a quick read and a charming look at the way writers have characterized each year of life from birth to 100. It was exciting to get to the page for my current age (which I definitely related to), look back at previous years and connect those ideas to memories, and to think about what lies ahead. My biggest takeaway: People seem to start worrying about being old around their mid-thirties, and as most of us have decades left beyond that point and seem to look back at any previous age as bei ...more
Bailey
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to run into this gorgeous volume at the used book sale at my library and plucked it up on a whim. It features a quote about every year from 1 to 100 laid out beautifully on thick paper in gentle, luminous colors. It was a pleasure to read straight through, contemplating the slow but steady trudge we take through the years and the myriad revelations the passage of time brings, but I can tell it's a volume I'll keep taking off the shelf for birthdays and contemplations about lov ...more
Bett Correa-Bollhoefer
Almost perfect

This book is an great idea and well done. I just wish I could have the following changes:
1. Every quote needs to be from a person the actual age they are writing about. I know this is impossible for the first 5 or so years.
2. I wish that we had a few quotes for each age to get diversity in gender and economic status.
Brenna
Jun 23, 2018 rated it liked it
A quick, contemplative read. A wide variety of sources to cover what each year of life is like. Some I agree with and some I don't but interesting to think on nonetheless. The design and visualizations were soothing--although I had to laugh that the 90 years slowly turned blacker and darker. ...more
Toni
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
100 Years is a selection of quotes from authors works for each year of life from birth to year 100. Profound and enjoyable, most especially reading closest to my actual age, yet this is a book for all to enjoy. Delightful!
Dano
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Makes you think about living your life and that’s good enough for me
Pam
Dec 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clever idea that doesn't really provide insights into what it means to be of a particular age. Quotes from various writers that mention that age. ...more
Kirk
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
Interesting idea but a lot of the quotes not great.
Heather
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed, really interesting
Richard Franco
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very written and insightful book. Very enjoyable
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Joshua Prager writes for publications including Vanity Fair, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal, where he was a senior writer for eight years. George Will has described his work as "exemplary journalistic sleuthing."
--from the author's website
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