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Cerulean Blues: A Personal Search for a Vanishing Songbird Paperback – November 1, 2011
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"Tracks not just the bird's globe-hurtling journeys, but the passion and determination of the people in two hemisphere who are trying to save it." —Scott Weidensaul, Pulitzer Prize nominee and author, Living on the Wind and Return to Wild America
"This book is a pleasure to read, and will open the eyes of many to the life of a small creature fighting an enormous fight." —David Gessner, author, Return of the Osprey and Soaring with Fidel
"Cerulean Blues first catches a reader's eye and ear as a fetching little piece about a fetching little creature of the treetops . . . The beauty of this slender volume . . .is that it tries to reach a deeper personal level than that of the usual narrow-niche bird book." —Donald A. Carr
"Cerulean Blues is many things. It's a fine work of nature writing that has its roots in American transcendentalism . . . It's a twenty-first century ecological manifesto, a plea for help in saving a small warbler." —Cheryl B. Torsney, ConnotationPress.com
"Katie Fallon is a wonderful storyteller, nailing all the details in every memory that add to the flavor but also the relevance of each account. Images are skillfully placed where they make the biggest impact." —The Tusculum Review
About the Author
Katie Fallon has had nonfiction pieces in a variety of magazines and journals, including Appalachian Heritage, Isotope: A Journal of Literary Nature and Science Writing, and River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative. Her essay Lost,” published in The Fourth River, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2008. She teaches creative writing at West Virginia University. She lives in Morgantown, West Virginia.
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Top Customer Reviews
Although this is Katie Fallon's first book, one would never know. The book is masterfully articulated, using clear and concise language to interest the reader in this niche topic.
The book tells of Katie Fallon's journey to trace the path of the cerulean warbler from the Appalachian Mountains to the Andes Mountains in Colombia. She recounts beautifully the emotional and physical dangers as well as countless moments of joy and despair as she embarked on a personal exploration into the life of this tiny songbird. Throughout this adventure, it's not hard to see that Katie Fallon is a wonderful storyteller, nailing all the details in every memory that add to the flavor but also the relevance of each account. Descriptions are skillfully placed where they make the biggest impact, yet are subtle and act to draw the reader into the story. Imagery is deeply rooted and flawlessly moves ideas from one place to another.
And even though much of the book is devoted to facts, just the right amount of thought and memory finds its way in.Read more ›
What I did not expect was the voice of the writer. Katie Fallon writes with clarity and passion, and no other book has ever left me feeling like the author was sitting right next to me, telling me what she did, what she saw, what she thought. From her love for the little birds to her reflections on the tragedy at Virginia Tech to her interactions with her ever-patient husband who supported her every move, Katie Fallon delivers much more than a treatise on why a bird is vanishing and what we can do to save it. It shows us that if we dare to pursue our obsessions far enough, we might be surprised at what we learn about ourselves in the process.
Cerulean Blues comes straight from the heart of this up-and-coming writer, and her voice is one to listen to. I look forward to more from Katie Fallon.
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This book was a little different from other bird, nature or natural history books I've read, in part I think because the author isn't a scientist, although her research is... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Easy Birder
This book is a personal journey to learn about a declining warbler species and the people who try to protect it. Well written, informative, and moving.Published on April 8, 2013 by Birder