Book Giveaway! Alyssa Harad’s Coming to My Senses


It’s been an exciting week for scent. We’re hot on the heels of the news that the human nose can smell as many as one trillion different scents. This, up from the estimated 10,000 scents that scientists thought we could smell.

The lesson to us all seems to be this: Never limit yourself to pegging your vision on what is known. Haven’t we learned that yet with living species on earth and the number of stars in the galaxy?

If you’re not yet a scent convert — or even if you’re just at the beginning of your own journey of the nose — you can enter my latest giveaway for the nose-obsessed. This month I’m offering a copy of writer Alyssa Harad’s Coming to My Senses: A Story of Perfume, Pleasure and An Unlikely Bride.

I’ve been interacting a bit with Alyssa on Twitter, and I can affirm she’s as lovely a person there as she is on the page. In her book, she tells the story of being something of a late bloomer — of going from an academic writer who lived  into a full-on perfume obsessive. It is a story that will resonate with anyone primed for sensual awakening.

You can read some excerpts from the book here.

If you’ve ever done something that surprised yourself, or found yourself drawn in a new direction and wondered what happens when you shed the old you and follow your heart, this book is for you. I like to think about it as a handbook for people who spend too much time at their desks and need a little kick in the pants to go out and seek the pleasures of the body.

Alyssa is still doing some book events and has been known to use people from the audience as human scent strips.


This contest ends Friday, April 4 at 10:00 a.m. PST.

7 thoughts on “Book Giveaway! Alyssa Harad’s Coming to My Senses

    • Emily Grosvenor says:

      Maybe we experience the world so sensually as children — I know my grandparents home was the stage for my most powerful childhood memoirs, not just smells but also sounds and textures.


  1. dkchocoman says:

    Driving through Georgia during peach season. I have never smelled anything so luscious and delightful. The smell permeates the air. It is incredible. You can tell when you have crossed over the Florida/Georgia state line.


    • Emily Grosvenor says:

      I once had an argument with my husband over peaches. I was eating one and said it was the most delicious peach I’d ever had. He said it could only be a most delicious peach if it were picked directly from the tree and consumed there in the sun. My memories of time in Georgia include a lot of blueberry and blackberry picking. And fire ants. Lots of fire ants.


  2. Emily Grosvenor says:

    So I’m using the Random.Org random number generator to pick the winner, and this time, the winner is: Comment Number One! So Ann, if you can send me your mailing details at emilygrosvenor (at), I’ll get the copy out to you! For everyone else who participated, I’ll be holding a drawing monthly, so check back again, and sign up to receive email alerts. Thank you so much for participating!


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