Alyssa Harad's (yes, our Alyssa!) Coming to My Senses: A Story of Perfume, Pleasure, and an Unlikely Bride will be published by Viking this June:
At thirty-six, Alyssa Harad thinks she knows herself—bookish, terminally shopping-averse, not prone to extravagance. But when a few stray clicks lead her into an unknown world, packages with exotic labels begin showing up in her mailbox and Harad finds herself beguiled and transformed by her voyage into a seductive underworld of scent. If only she could put off planning her wedding a little longer. . . .
Candid, elegant, full of lush description and humor, and peopled with marvelous characters, Harad’s memoir takes us 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, with the women who watched her grow up. This intimate journey into what it means to be feminine ultimately celebrates the many ways there are to come to our senses.