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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
A book that should be read by everyone in North America over the age of 16 -- The World of Beer
A day doesn't go by that I don't refer to Ray Oldenburg's The Great Good Place. At a time when all great, good independent bookstores everywhere are under siege, we're fortunate that Mr. Oldenburg has articulated our message so clearly. -- Mitchell Kaplan, owner of Books & Books, Miami, Florida
Examines gathering places and reminds us how important they are. People need the 'third place' to nourish sociability. -- Parade
Oldenburg believes that the powerful need in humans to associate with one another will inevitably lead to the revival of places where, as the theme song to the TV show Cheers so aptly put it, 'everyone knows your name.' We'll drink to that. -- Booklist
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. -- Ron Sher, President, Terranomics Development and founder of Third Place Books, Seattle, Wash.
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. -- New York Times Book Review
This wonderful and utterly important book verifies our need for fun through conversation in "great good places." Oldenburg writes passionately of our country's current and urgent problems resulting from our ever-increasing social isolation and provides us with a very simple solution. America must read and react to this rational common-sense solution to salving our stressed lives. And our government needs to promote, permit, and zone responsible neighborhood hospitality, recognizing the value of "a vital informal life." -- Lynne Breaux, owner, Tunnicliff's Tavern, Washington, D.C.
Well-written, informative, and often entertaining. -- Newark Star-Ledger
Ray does a thorough job reminiscing about classic "third places" in Europe and the United States from a sociologist's view. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Justin S Jackson
This book, along with Jane Jacobs' Death & Life of Great Cities, could be the basis of a college course on the sociology of urban neighborhoods. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Chicago Slim
A good read and a wonderful resource for my dissertation on physical space and community.Published 10 months ago by Daniel M. Maxwell
everyone thinks starbucks invented "the third place"...in fact..they did not...this is an amazing book if you need to understand the sociology of cafes.Published 13 months ago by fhcgsps
This book will help make the places where we live in the 21st century better places to live!
Rich conversation is almost a thing of the past and Oldenburg defines some... Read more
A great book on how people are drawn to spaces and what makes the spaces so inviting. I'm using this for my dissertation on college classrooms, but for anyone who wants to create... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Shannon
The book shipped quickly and arrived in good shape. However, I was disappointed by the content. Ray Oldenburg apparently decided to do a "mail-it-in" job. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Amazon Customer