Centenarians: The Story of the 20th Century by the Americans Who Lived It.
For this entrancing oral history, Edelman, a journalist and photographer, interviewed about 90 Americans over the age of 100, collecting remembrances about work, romance, and entertainment that bring the century into perspective. Interestingly, Edelman’s subjects rarely pine for ”the good old days” — recalling outhouses and washboards, the Depression, and world wars with practical-minded eloquence — and instead enthuse about innovations like TV and telephones, labor laws, civil rights, and medical breakthroughs. As one centenarian puts it, ”Our generation has experienced the greatest changes in the history of the world” — and their commentary on changes in daily life is both fascinating and heartening. B