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The Great Good Place: Cafes, Coffee Shops, Bookstores, Bars, Hair Salons, and Other Hangouts at the Heart of a Community
     

The Great Good Place: Cafes, Coffee Shops, Bookstores, Bars, Hair Salons, and Other Hangouts at the Heart of a Community

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by Ray Oldenburg
 

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The Great Good Place argues that "third places" - where people can gather, put aside the concerns of work and home, and hang out simply for the pleasures of good company and lively conversation - are the heart of a community's social vitality and the grassroots of democracy.

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The Great Good Place argues that "third places" - where people can gather, put aside the concerns of work and home, and hang out simply for the pleasures of good company and lively conversation - are the heart of a community's social vitality and the grassroots of democracy.

Editorial Reviews

Newark Star-Ledger
Well-written, informative, and often entertaining.
New York Times Book Review
The great value of this book is that Mr. Oldenburg has given us an insightful and extremely useful new lens through which to look at a familiar problem.
Parade
Examines gathering places and reminds us how important they are. People need the 'third place' to nourish sociability.
World of Beer
A book that should be read by everyone in North America over the age of 16.
Florida Architect
Shows how informal gathering places are essential to the vitality of a city and its people and it also includes a social history of informal life throughout the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781569246818
Publisher:
Da Capo Books
Publication date:
08/18/1999
Edition description:
Third Edition
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
279,991
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

What People are Saying About This

Ron Sher
Ray Oldenburg is inspirational. He is the first to recognize and articulate the importance of the greeting place (third place) for the well-being of the individual and society at large.
Andrew M. Greeley
The Great Good Place is a great good book. As a fellow defender of neighborhoods and all they stand for, I salute you on it.
Victor W. Herman
The Great Good Place has put into words and focus what I've been doing all my life, from the barbershop I remember as a child to the bookstore I now own. My goal at Horizon Books is to provide that third place in which people can "hang out." Ray Oldenburg has defined those good places while still recognizing the magical chemistry they require. The Great Good Place is a book to read, to recommend, and to quote.
— Victor W. Herman, (owner of Horizon Books, with locations in Traverse City, Petoskey, and Cadillac, Michigan)

Meet the Author

Ray Oldenburg lives in Pensacola, FL.

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The Great Good Place: Cafes, Coffee Shops, Bookstores, Bars, Hair Salons, and Other Hangouts at the Heart of a Community 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
As I read the book, I kept thinking of the TV sitcom of the 1980s 'Cheers' with Cliff and Norm as the bar stool fixtures who engaged any and all entering. I think the Cheers bar would meet the author's definition of a great good place and why shopping centers and some brand-named coffee shops would not. Interesting points brought up and how not having a great good place in your neighborhood is a loss.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nora Ephron states in the DVD commentary (scene 33) that this book aided her making YOU'VE GOT MAIL. If you're a fan of the delightful movie, you'll enjoy this book.