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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Ruka Press (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983011117
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983011118
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 6.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #397,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.


More About the Author

Katie Fallon is the author of the nonfiction book Cerulean Blues: A Personal Search for a Vanishing Songbird (Ruka Press, 2011), which was a finalist for the Southern Environmental Law Center's Reed Award for Outstanding Writing on the Southern Environment. Katie's essays have appeared in a variety of literary journals and magazines, including The Bark, Fourth Genre, River Teeth, Ecotone, Appalachian Heritage, Now & Then, Isotope, and elsewhere. She's been nominated several times for a Pushcart Prize, and her essay "Hill of the Sacred Eagles" was a finalist in Terrain's 2011 essay contest. Katie has taught creative writing at Virginia Tech and West Virginia University. Her first word was "bird."

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With humor and pathos, the author engages the reader from the onset.
Bellebelle
I expected to read about the challenges that this fastest-declining warbler is facing, due to mountaintop mining and other habitat encroachments.
Karma Chaemeleon
And even though much of the book is devoted to facts, just the right amount of thought and memory finds its way in.
Ben

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bellebelle on October 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
The author of Cerulean Blues entertains, informs, and inspires us to be aware of the fate of a tiny songbird. The cerulean warbler, and, I am sure, many other songbirds are rapidly losing their habitats due to the hand of man. In West Virginia, mountaintop coal removal is depleting the forests while coffee plantations in Colombia are also clearing old growth trees. With humor and pathos, the author engages the reader from the onset. I laughed and cried as she describes her adventures in the field with determined scientists. She humanizes her experiences. Good read!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By df magee on November 2, 2011
Format: Paperback
Really enjoyed this story of the endangered Warbler. This is a great book for fans of nature writing and environmental tales. Powerful, direct and exciting. (with a touch of humor thrown in).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ben on September 11, 2012
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Katie Fallon, with a scientific perception and insightful demeanor, shows how a tiny, little songbird is important in the grand scheme of the world in her first book, Cerulean Blues. She proves that even this small creature deserves the right to survival because, if not for a plethora of other reasons, its existence is important even to the existence of mankind. And in the book, every creature matters because each one is dependent or related in some way to another. But to Katie Fallon, the cerulean warbler is one of the most beautiful and amazing of them all.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karma Chaemeleon on December 18, 2011
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Cerulean Blues is the story of a tiny songbird - and the woman who became obsessed with not only finding it, but finding ways to protect it. I expected to read about the challenges that this fastest-declining warbler is facing, due to mountaintop mining and other habitat encroachments. And this book delivers that, teaching us about exactly why mountaintop mining is so bad - not just for the bird but also for us - and why even something as simple as the choice of our morning coffee may have an impact far beyond the coffee cup.

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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