Reading Pretty: The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro


The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro is a charming and luscious story of one woman’s search to find herself. I was a very big fan of Tessaro’s Elegance and this book reinforces why I like her as a writer. The story takes place in beautiful cities around the world – New York, Paris, Monte Carlo, and London. All places that I have traveled and are beautiful in their own unique way. I felt reading the book transported me to a by gone era through perfume and prose. As an avid perfume junkie I couldn’t help but be drawn to the complex world of fragrance combining, inspiration and why scent is important.  I suggest adding this book to your summer book list. These are my favorite quotes quotes from the book.

“‘Perfume should tell a story – the story of who you are, who you might be, perhaps even of who you fear becoming . . . all of these things are possible. It’s a very intimate element of a woman, just like her signature or the sound of her voice. And it conveys feelings and states of being that have no name, no language. Its very ambiguity makes it truer than words because, unlike words, it can’t be manipulated or misunderstood.'”

“‘Perfumers are always attempting to capture scents that remind us of certain places, people, moments. It’s the great challenge, to capture not only a true scent but one that recalls entire experience.'”

“‘I cannot bear that everyone smells alike. It’s vulgar…There is something wrong, deeply wrong, about an entire room of women who all smell the same.'”


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1 Comment on Reading Pretty: The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro

  1. Carmen
    July 13, 2013 at 9:03 am (3 years ago)

    I instagrammed this awhile back and everyone saw the irony! I can’t wait to finally dig into this. i have been trying to read more a bedtime so I can better shut out the craziness of the day. Glad you like it!


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