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 homecoming
At 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.
From Publishers Weekly
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A book worth reading!
I read this book for book club. It wasn't even on my radar, but had me hooked before the first 50 pages! It is so much more than a book about perfume. It is a book that demonstrates how to expand yourself beyond your work and enjoy things that may not be mainstream, but that stimulate you in some way. It's about using those experiences to encourage others to step outside "the box" and find new experiences! Loved it!