Summer reading: The Road to Wellville

Book cover for the road to wellvilleThe Road to Wellville
TC Boyle

In the early 1900s a group of strangers meet in the breakfast cereal capital of the USA, Battle Creek, Michigan. There they find the “San” (Dr. John Harvey Kellogg’s sanitarium), where they seek optimum health and enlightenment. This satirical, quasi-historical piece of fiction takes a bite out of “wellness” communities, the idea of food as medicine, and cult-like following of diet and alternative medicine gurus, not to mention get-rich-quick schemes. It’s an American tale through and through–one that is as relevant today as it was at the beginning of the last century.

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This book is part of the 2022 Berkeley Summer Reading List. Stay tuned for more weekly posts!