The Emperor Of Scent

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The Emperor Of Scent

The Emperor Of Scent

  • Author: Chandler Burr
  • Publisher: Random House
  • ISBN: 144815149X
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 496
  • View: 1914
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In the tradition of Susan Orlean's The Orchid Thief and James Gleick's Genius, The Emperor of Scent tells the story of Luca Turin, an utterly unusual, stubborn scientist, his otherworldly gift for perfume, his brilliant, quixotic theory of how we smell, and his struggle to set before the world the secret of the most enigmatic of our senses.

The Emperor of Scent

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The Emperor of Scent

The Emperor of Scent

A True Story of Perfume and Obsession

  • Author: Chandler Burr
  • Publisher: Random House Incorporated
  • ISBN: 0375759816
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 352
  • View: 2955
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Provides a close-up look at scientific maverick Luca Turin, a man whose remarkable powers of smell and obsession with perfume led to the discovery of how the nose works and how scents are detected. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.

The Secret of Scent

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The Secret of Scent

The Secret of Scent

Adventures in Perfume and the Science of Smell

  • Author: Luca Turin
  • Publisher: Harper Collins
  • ISBN: 0061133841
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 224
  • View: 7589
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One man's passion for perfume leads him to explore one of the most intriguing scientific mysteries: What makes one molecule smell of garlic while another smells of rose? In this witty, engrossing, and wildly original volume, author Luca Turin explores the two competing theories of smell. Is scent determined by molecular shape or molecular vibrations? Turin describes in fascinating detail the science, the evidence, and the often contentious debate—from the beginnings of organic chemistry to the present day—and pays homage to the scientists who went before. With its uniquely accessible and captivating approach to science via art, The Secret of Scent will appeal to anyone who has ever wondered about the most mysterious of the five senses.

The Emperor of Everything

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The Emperor of Everything

The Emperor of Everything

  • Author: Ray Aldridge
  • Publisher: Open Road Media
  • ISBN: 1497625122
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 466
  • View: 607
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Slavery is the corporate foundation of the powerful Pangalic Worlds where Ruiz Aw leads a dangerous double life, as an enforcer for the Art League that so brutally controls its slaves and as an Emancipator dedicated to eradicating the cruel business. After escaping from a herd of slaves, and voyaging across the perilous and magical world of Sook, he and his band of refugees become trapped a rotting city called SeaStack. The biomechanical city however, has secrets that no one can begin to fathom. Ruiz must use his skills to kill for money, and the battle for safety just might a secret that will challenge the foundations of the universe.

The Scent of Desire

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The Scent of Desire

The Scent of Desire

Discovering Our Enigmatic Sense of Smell

  • Author: Rachel Herz
  • Publisher: Harper Collins
  • ISBN: 9780061852992
  • Category: Psychology
  • Page: 288
  • View: 1986
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Shakespeare wrote that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. But if you cannot smell, does the rose lose its sweetness? The first and definitive book on the psychology of smell, The Scent of Desire traces the importance of smell in our lives, from nourishment to procreation to our relationships with the people closest to us and the world at large. Smell was the very first sense to evolve and is located in the same part of the brain that processes emotion, memory, and motivation. To our ancestors, the sense of smell wasn't just important, it was crucial to existence and it remains so today. Our emotional, physical, even sexual lives are profoundly shaped by both our reactions to and interpretations of different smells. Why do some people like a certain smell and others hate it? Is smell personal or cultural? How does smell affect our choices and our daily lives? Rachel Herz explores these questions and examines the role smell plays in our lives, and how this most essential of senses is imperative to our physical and emotional well-being. Herz investigates how our sense of smell functions, examines what purpose it serves, and shows how inextricably it is linked to our survival. She introduces us to people who have lost their ability to smell and shows how their experiences confirm this sense's importance by illuminating the traumatic effect its loss has on the quality of day-to-day living. Herz illustrates how profoundly scent and the sense of smell affect our daily lives with numerous examples and personal accounts based on her years of research. The wonders of our sense of smell are all explored in a compelling and engaging manner, from emotions and memory to aromatherapy and pheromones. For anyone who has ever wondered about human nature or been curious about the secrets of both the body and the mind, The Scent of Desire is a fascinating, down-to-earth tour of the psychology and biology of our most neglected sense, the sense of smell.

The Perfect Scent

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The Perfect Scent

The Perfect Scent

A Year Inside the Perfume Industry in Paris and New York

  • Author: Chandler Burr
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
  • ISBN: 1429924659
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 336
  • View: 591
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From the New York Times perfume critic, a stylish, fascinating, unprecedented insider's view of the global perfume industry, told through two creators working on two very different scents. No journalist has ever been allowed into the ultrasecretive, highly pressured process of originating a perfume. But Chandler Burr, the New York Times perfume critic, spent a year behind the scenes observing the creation of two major fragrances. Now, writing with wit and elegance, he juxtaposes the stories of the perfumes -- one created by a Frenchman in Paris for an exclusive luxury-goods house, the other made in New York by actress Sarah Jessica Parker and Coty, Inc., a giant international corporation. We follow Coty's mating of star power to the marketing of perfume, watching Sex and the City's Parker heading a hugely expensive campaign to launch a scent into the overcrowded celebrity market. Will she match the success of Jennifer Lopez? Does she have the international fan base to drive worldwide sales? In Paris at the elegant Hermès, we see Jean Claude Ellena, his company's new head perfumer, given a challenge: he must create a scent to resuscitate Hermès's perfume business and challenge le monstre of the industry, bestselling Chanel No. 5. Will his pilgrimage to a garden on the Nile supply the inspiration he needs? The Perfect Scent is the story of two daring creators, two very different scents, and a billion-dollar industry that runs on the invisible magic of perfume.

The Problem with Pleasure

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The Problem with Pleasure

The Problem with Pleasure

Modernism and Its Discontents

  • Author: Laura Frost
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • ISBN: 0231526466
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 304
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Aldous Huxley decried "the horrors of modern 'pleasure,'" or the proliferation of mass produced, widely accessible entertainment that could degrade or dull the mind. He and his contemporaries, including James Joyce, T. S. Eliot, Gertrude Stein, D. H. Lawrence, and Jean Rhys, sought to radically redefine pleasure, constructing arduous and indirect paths to delight through their notoriously daunting work. Laura Frost follows these experiments in the art of unpleasure, connecting modernism's signature characteristics, such as irony, allusiveness, and obscurity, to an ambitious attempt to reconfigure bliss. In The Problem with Pleasure, Frost draws upon a wide variety of materials, linking interwar amusements, such as the talkies, romance novels, the Parisian fragrance Chanel no. 5, and the exotic confection Turkish Delight, to the artistic play of Joyce, Lawrence, Stein, Rhys, and others. She considers pop cultural phenomena and the rise of celebrities such as Rudolph Valentino and Gypsy Rose Lee against contemporary sociological, scientific, and philosophical writings on leisure and desire. Throughout her study, Frost incorporates recent scholarship on material and visual culture and vernacular modernism, recasting the period's high/low, elite/popular divides and formal strategies as efforts to regulate sensual and cerebral experience. Capturing the challenging tensions between these artists' commitment to innovation and the stimulating amusements they denounced yet deployed in their writing, Frost calls attention to the central role of pleasure in shaping interwar culture.

Bones of the Emperor

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Bones of the Emperor

Bones of the Emperor

A Theology of Humanity in the Universe

  • Author: Richard K. Perkins
  • Publisher: Trafford Publishing
  • ISBN: 1490749063
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 590
  • View: 9333
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Humanity, obsessed with materialism and devoid of spirituality, is in trouble. Culturally stagnant, despite its technological achievements humankind has advanced little intellectually and morally. Having accidentally developed the means to travel faster than light, humans blunder out into the galaxy under the arrogant assumption they are masters of all they survey. In doing so they encounter an adversary who seeks to block their way, resulting in a war of attrition lasting over a century. After finally negotiating an uneasy peace with an adversary whom they have never actually seen face-to-face, humanity seeks to literally go around and continue expansion into the heart of the galaxy. In doing so, humans cross paths with an even more aggressive enemy expanding in the opposite direction, an enemy which regards humanity as nothing more than vermin to be swept aside and eradicated. Second Lieutenant Zhou Wen and Task Force RF-19.2 discovers, much to their horror, that this new enemy is on a direct path to Earth.

A Geography of Oysters

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A Geography of Oysters

A Geography of Oysters

The Connoisseur's Guide to Oyster Eating in North America

  • Author: Rowan Jacobsen
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • ISBN: 9781596918146
  • Category: Cooking
  • Page: 304
  • View: 3946
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In this passionate, playful, and indispensable guide, oyster aficionado Rowan Jacobsen takes readers on a delectable tour of the oysters of North America. Region by region, he describes each oyster's appearance, flavor, origin, and availability, as well as explaining how oysters grow, how to shuck them without losing a finger, how to pair them with wine (not to mention beer), and why they're one of the few farmed seafoods that are good for the earth as well as good for you. Packed with fabulous recipes, maps, and photos, plus lists of top oyster restaurants, producers, and festivals, A Geography of Oysters is both delightful reading and the guide that oyster lovers of all kinds have been waiting for.

The Scent of the Gods

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The Scent of the Gods

The Scent of the Gods

  • Author: Fiona Cheong
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • ISBN: 025209008X
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 304
  • View: 4417
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The Scent of the Gods tells the enchanting, haunting story of a young girl's coming of age in Singapore during the tumultuous years of its formation as a nation. Eleven-year-old Su Yen bears witness to the secretive lives of "grown-ups" in her diasporic Chinese family and to the veiled threats in Southeast Asia during the Cold War years. From a child's limited perspective, the novel depicts the emerging awareness of sexuality in both its beauty and its consequences, especially for women. In the context of postcolonial politics, Fiona Cheong skillfully parallels the uncertainties of adolescence with the growing paranoia of a population kept on alert to communist infiltration. In luminous prose, the novel raises timely questions about safety, protection, and democracy--and what one has to give up to achieve them. Ideal for students and scholars of Asian American and transnational literature, postcolonial history, women's studies, and many other interconnected disciplines, this special edition of The Scent of the Gods includes a contextualizing introduction, a chronology of historical events covered in the novel, and explanatory notes.