Coming to My Senses

Coming to My Senses : A Story of Perfume, Pleasure, and an Unlikely Bride

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A sudden love affair with fragrance leads to sensual awakening, self-transformation, and an unexpected homecomingAt thirty-six--earnest, bookish, terminally shopping averse--Alyssa Harad thinks she knows herself. Then one day she stumbles on a perfume review blog and, surprised by her seduction by such a girly extravagance, she reads in secret. But one trip to the mall and several dozen perfume samples later, she is happily obsessed with the seductive underworld of scent and the brilliant, quirky people she meets there. If only she could put off planning her wedding a little longer. . . .Thus begins a life-changing journey that takes Harad from a private perfume laboratory in Austin, Texas, to the glamorous fragrance showrooms of New York City and a homecoming in Boise, Idaho, with the women who watched her grow up. With warmth and humor, Harad traces the way her unexpected passion helps her open new frontiers and reclaim traditions she had rejected. Full of lush description, this intimate memoir celebrates the many ways there are to come to our senses.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 145 x 213 x 30mm | 386g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0670023612
  • 9780670023615
  • 1,374,520

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"Plenty of writers have given us the language we need to understand food and taste more fully. Now, Alyssa Harad has done the same for the sense of smell. "Coming to My Senses" is a beautifully written and deeply personal read that proves the transformative power of scent."--Anne Zimmerman, author of"An Extravagant Hunger"
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About Alyssa Harad

Alyssa Harad grew up in Boise, Idaho. She received her undergraduate degree from Harvard and a PhD in English from the University of Texas. Her writing has appeared in "O, The Oprah Magazine" and the perfume blogs "Now Smell This" and "Perfume-Smellin' Things." She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband.
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