Author(s): Alyssa Harad
Honest and beautifully written a nuanced exploration of femininity and pleasure through the enchanting world of fragranceAlyssa Harad s affair with scent begins in secret, late at night, by the glow of her computer screen when she stumbles on a blog devoted to perfume. Bookish and practical, and a stranger to beauty counters, she is surprised to find herself lured into a sensual underworld of quirky characters that changes her mind about much more than perfume. Candid, elegant, and full of lush description and humor, Coming to My Senses takes readers from a private museum of rare essences in Austin, Texas, to the glamorous fragrance showrooms of Manhattan, and finally to a homecoming in Boise, Idaho, to prepare for Harad s wedding. This deeply personal story reveals the intimate connections between scent, our senses, and the people we are and want to become."
Alyssa Harad holds a PhD in English from the University of Texas, Austin. She has written about perfume for O, The Oprah Magazine and the award-winning perfume blogs Now Smell This and Perfume-Smellin Things. She lives with her husband in Austin, Texas."