Sun Seekers: The Cure of California

Lyra Kilston (Text by (Art/Photo Books)) Ananda Pellerin (Editor)

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$29.95  $27.55
Atelier Editions
Publish Date
April 23, 2019
6.8 X 0.7 X 9.2 inches | 1.1 pounds
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He wasn't sick, but laborer-turned-hermit William Pester found many reasons to seek a cure in the canyons near Palm Springs.--Lyra Kilston "Palm Springs Life "
Since the mid-19th century, the idea of California has lured many waves of migrants. Here, writer and editor Lyra Kilston explores a less examined attraction: the region's promise of better health.--Eye of Photography
It's an engaging, copiously illustrated read, creatively toeing the line between history and art book.--Sharon Mizota "Los Angeles Times "
A book that highlights Southern California's lesser-known histories.--Lyra Kilston "KCET "
Shtetl in the Sun's tribe and the world they built is gone. But thanks to Sweet's vision, it is not forgotten.--American Way
Lyra Kilston's first book explores the (often self-perpetuating) myth of Southern California as a mecca of health and wellness by dialing back to the lesser-known origins of that wholesome renown, looking at naturopaths, healers and architects who praised the merits of plant-based diets, sunshine, and minimal spaces long before the 1960s.--Madeleine Taurins "Ursula "
The story of the Health House is one of three in Lyra Kilston's highly enjoyable Sun Seekers, in which charismatic characters converged on California in the first half of the 20th century to soak up the state's apparently life-sustaining natural climate.--A Daily Dose of Architecture Books
In Sun Seekers, author Lyra Kilston connects the city's wellness culture to its streamlined, sun-drenched homes.--Patrick Sisson "Curbed "
The profound influence of these sanatoriums, health-conscious design, and the lifestyle of the likes of William Pester continue to resonate in present-day Southern California. Sun Seekers highlights these lesser-known characters and stories and traces the evolution of Southern California's health-focused culture, recycling trend after trend--from holistic celebrity doctors to restaurants promoting "living" foods.--ZΓ³calo Public Square
If you've ever marveled at the modern architectural jewels that dot the L.A. landscape and fantasized about a refined European expat community that built them, prepare to have your dreams recast (in the best SoCal tradition). Lyra spins fascinating tales that will challenge your understanding of L.A. history.--Larb Av "Los Angeles Review of Books "
Fascinating and fun, Sun Seekers thoroughly chronicles the far-out history of California's holistic-minded denizens and the lasting resonance of their quests for alternative modes of sustenance and environmental bliss.--LA Weekly
[The] open architecture of European sanatoriums influenced the homes nestled in Southern California's hills, such as Richard Neutra's famous Lovell Health House. From natural medicine to nudism, Sun Seekers covers a fascinating history and its playful, vivid writing makes it a pleasure to read.--Elisa Wouk Almino "Hyperallergic "