Splendored Thing by Bia Lowe
Love, Roses, and Other Thorny Treasures

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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.

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Romance author Jayne Ann Krentz was born in Borrego Springs, California on March 28, 1948. She received a B.A. in history from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a Masters degree in library science from San Jose State University. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as a librarian. Her novels include: Truth or Dare, All Night Long, and Copper Beach. She has written under seven different names: Jayne Bentley, Amanda Glass, Stephanie James, Jayne Taylor, Jayne Castle, Amanda Quick and Jayne Ann Krentz. Her first book, Gentle Pirate, was published in 1980 under the name Jayne Castle. She currently uses only three personas to represent her three specialties. She uses the name Jayne Ann Krentz for her contemporary pieces, Amanda Quick for her historical fiction pieces, and Jayne Castle for her futuristic pieces. She has received numerous awards for her work including the 1995 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Trust Me, the 2004 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Falling Awake, the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, the Romantic Times Jane Austen Award, and the Susan Koppelman Award for Feminist Studies for Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women: Romance Writers on the Appeal of the Romance.
Published September 17, 2002 by Seal Press. 237 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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yes, it’s true, these are the simple implements I bring to bed, the old-fashioned tools of my trade”—allowing her to know the “smell and humidity of her exhalations,” which “signaled that I had arrived at the threshold of a new country.” Of course, that country might also give rise to the occasio...

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The central theme is love, admittedly a "troublesome enterprise," but one that permeates many aspects of Lowe's life—she is in love with women, in love with words ("metaphor has more truth than details ever could"), and even in love with love itself.

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