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A sudden love affair with fragrance leads to sensual awakening, self-transformation, and an unexpected homecomingAt 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.
This book updates the values and information of all the crackle glass pieces featured in both popular volumes of the Weitmans' Crackle Glass Identification & Value Guides. Over 1,000 color photographs of vases, pitchers, decanters, jugs, lamps, perfume bottles, and more are featured. Sections on labels, catalogs, manufacturers, and the history of crackle glass are included, as well as a section on the detailed process of making crackle glass. Spanning the years 1870 through 1950, this book gives height, company, color, style, value, date, and type of handle for each piece shown. A new chapter on crackle glass made from the Gibson Glass Company of West Virginia with photos of its creations is a big highlight of the book, as well as a chapter emphasizing the different types of items that were made throughout the world. 2005 values. AUTHORBIO: Stan and his wife, Arlene, continue to be avid collectors of crackle glass. They are especially proud of their crackle glass from around the world. They also collect Victorian art glass and other collectibles, and one of their serious hobbies is photography. Stan is a retired court reporter for the state of New York and a certified appraiser of antiques. AUTHORBIO: Arlene and her husband, Stan, continue to be avid collectors of crackle glass. They are especially proud of their crackle glass from around the world. They also collect Victorian art glass and other collectibles, and one of their serious hobbies is photography. Arlene has a master of arts degree in education and has been teaching elementary school for 17 years. REVIEW: This book is a companion to the Standard Encyclopedia of Carnival Glass, 9th Edition, but can also stand alone as a handy reference guide to take along on your glass searches. Thousands of patterns, from Absentee Dragon to Zip Zip, are included, with all available colors and values listed.