Coming to Pass: Florida's Coastal Islands in a Gulf of Change by Susan CeruleanComing to Pass: Florida's Coastal Islands in a Gulf of Change by Susan Cerulean

Coming to Pass: Florida's Coastal Islands in a Gulf of Change

bySusan CeruleanPhotographerDavid Moynahan

Hardcover | April 15, 2015

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Coming to Pass tells the story of a little-developed necklace of northern Gulf Coast islands. Both a field guide to a beloved and impermanent Florida landscape and a call for its protection, Susan Cerulean’s memoir chronicles the uniquely beautiful coast as it once was, as it is now, and as it may be as the sea level rises.

For decades, Cerulean has kayaked, hiked, and counted birds on and around Dog, the St. Georges, and St. Vincent Islands with family and friends. She has collected scallops, snorkeled over a fallen lighthouse a mile offshore, and cast nets and fishing lines into cyclical runs of mullet and shrimp.

Like most people, she didn’t know how the islands had come to be or understand the large-scale change coming to the coast. With her husband, oceanographer Jeff Chanton, she studied the genesis of the coast and its inextricable link to the Apalachicola River. She interviewed scientists as they tracked and tallied magnificent and dwindling sea turtles, snowy white beach mice, and endangered plants. Illustrated with images from prizewinning nature photographer David Moynahan, Coming to Pass is the culmination of Cerulean’s explorations and a reflection of our spiritual relationship and responsibilities to the world that holds us.

SUSAN CERULEAN is a writer, naturalist, and activist based in Tallahassee, Florida. Her nature memoir Tracking Desire: A Journey after Swallow-tailed Kites (Georgia) was named an Editors’ Choice title by Audubon magazine. Her many other books include UnspOILed: Writers Speak for Florida’s Coast, coedited with Janisse Ray and A. James W...
Title:Coming to Pass: Florida's Coastal Islands in a Gulf of ChangeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.7 × 5.4 × 1.1 inPublished:April 15, 2015Publisher:University of Georgia PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0820347655

ISBN - 13:9780820347653


Editorial Reviews

In blending calls for action with scientific evidence and lovely descriptions along an often-overlooked area, Cerulean’s book adds to the growing body of Florida literature that strives to invoke a sense of place in readers and spur them to action. And she firmly stands in the wake of Florida women who fought for the last century to save the state’s natural resources – a legacy she continues through her luminous words. - Leslie K. Poole - Florida Historical Quarterly