At thirty-six, Alyssa Harad's life and career are at a standstill when a few stray clicks lead her to a perfume blog. A stranger to beauty counters, she is surprised to find herself entranced by precise, witty descriptions of scent. Soon she is chasing the fragrance of everything from fresh tar to summer plums as she stumbles into a sensual underworld full of quirky characters. But perfume is just the beginning—in its wake come intimate questions about what it means to be a woman.
Come welcome Alyssa Harad, author of the new memoir Coming to My Senses: A Story of Perfume, Pleasure, and an Unlikely Bride, on Thursday, August 1st at 7:00pm. The reading will be followed by a discussion with Author Anne Zimmerman.
Alyssa Harad grew up in Boise, Idaho. Her writing has appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine, Marie Claire and the perfume blogs Now Smell This and Perfume-Smellin’ Things. She lives with her husband in Austin, Texas.
Anne Zimmerman is the author of An Extravagant Hunger: The Passionate Years of M.F.K. Fisher and the editor of two M.F.K. Fisher Anthologies.
Honest and beautifully written—a nuanced exploration of femininity and pleasure through the enchanting world of fragrance 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.
In An Extravagant Hunger, time slows and is relished, and the turning points and casual strolls of M.F.K. Fisher’s life are unwrapped and savored.