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Bia Lowe’s Splendored Thing is a memoir and a paean to love told in a series of exquisitely written personal essays that follow one woman’s understanding of love, from childhood’s gentle adventures to adulthood’s stormy affairs. Author of the critically acclaimed Wild Ride, Lowe is an award-winning writer who knows that there is more truth in a good metaphor than in a thousand tiny details, and she draws on everything from Sara Lee™ baked goods and fairy tales to maps and stars to limn love in its myriad forms. She writes of her mother, the person from whom she learned loving; the object of her affection, through whom she continues to define and redefine love; and of other kinds of loving: love for a landscape, a house, a snail, a boy. Bia Lowe’s writing calls to mind the best of Joan Didion, Walt Whitman, and Lewis Thomas. But like all great writers, her work is breathtakingly original, and Splendored Thing is a unique book that takes us through the life and loves of a woman who finds joy, sorrow, and, ultimately, wonder in both.