Coming to My Senses
A Story of Perfume, Pleasure, and an Unlikely Bride
By Alyssa Harad
(Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143123385, 260pp.)
Publication Date: June 25, 2013
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Alyssa 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.