|* Such an unappealing 1970s-ish cover design |
for a lush, decadent read. Boo!
Harad's is not your typical beauty or fashion blogger. She's an academic (PhD in Eng. Lit), a tomboy, a feminist - who discovers her deep, reticent passion for perfumes during her mid-thirties during her engagement to her Mexican-American fiancee through online research and blogs. Her path of discovery leads her to embrace who she is, what she loves, and what makes her happy.
I am glad I had a chance to read it early, especially in the spring, near Mother's Day. There is so much history and connection with mother-daughter here that it achingly made me recall the scents that provoke lucid memories of my own mother and her scents: Chanel No. 5, Mint Tic Tacs,...
Eat, Love, Pray --- Smell... Trend?
The book also brought to mind The Book of Lost Fragrances: A Novel of Suspense by M. J. Rose, which also centers around perfumes but which I have not read along with some other recent books from the last year.
Along with the blog-to-book and Kitchen-recipe memoirs, I wonder if this is the beginning of a new category for the book industry.
Verdict: Geek fan girls and chic fashionistas alike will enjoy this true story of self-discovery and coming to terms with your own femininity.