Dana

Dana is new to the Third Place Books Ravenna store, but it already feels like home. She reads mostly memoir and nonfiction, but she’s looking for the right place to jump back into the fiction stream. You will find her smiling away at the front desk or shelving in Religion, Philosophy, Mythology, New Age, Self Help, Psychology, etc. When she’s not at the bookstore, she’s writing, editing, making art, walking the dogs, and spending time with her family.

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The Great Spring: Writing, Zen, and This Zigzag Life Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781611804072
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Published: Shambhala - February 14th, 2017

I'll admit I'm a longtime fan of Natalie Goldberg's work. Writing Down the Bones has informed my work as a writer for decades, and her book The Great Failure is a model of how to tell a difficult truth about a respected figure with grace and honesty. But I feel secure saying that if you've never read her before, you will find The Great Spring a generous invitation into Goldberg's creative life, her spiritual path, and her take on life. Rather than recommending a book, I feel like I'm introducing you to a dear friend. Enjoy.


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The Long Haul: An Autobiography Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780807737002
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Published: Teachers College Press - July 2nd, 1997

Myles Horton, cofounder of the Highlander Folk School, was in it for the long haul. He knew social change was a project he couldn't finish in his lifetime, and that was okay with him. He understood anger as a flame that can, if banked and used wisely, be a powerful fuel for social change. In this book Mr. Horton tells the story of how he cofounded Highlander and of the people who helped shape the school: Martin Luther King, Jr., Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Rosa Parks, Eleanor Roosevelt, Saul Alinsky, and Ralph Abernathy, to name a few. These people helped change our world for the better; Highlander still exists and continues to work for "justice, equality and sustainability."


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Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780345396815
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Published: Ballantine Books - August 22nd, 1995

Like many women of a certain age I read Women Who Run With the Wolves when it came out, before I was a mother. While I can't say I cracked it open as I struggled to balance caring for myself with caring for an infant, I know what I absorbed from this book helped me listen to my wild nature, helped me survive the inundation of motherhood. Now my daughter is 22 and reading Clarissa Pinkola Estés book herself, and reading parts aloud to me. If ever there was a time to remind ourselves to listen to our intuition, to stay free, to honor the wild in us, it is now.


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The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780670016952
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Published: Viking - December 6th, 2016

A half a million glass photographic plates hold the only visual record of the night sky between 1885 and 1992. This dazzles me and I'm not an astronomer. It dazzles me even more to learn that a group of dedicated women (mostly unpaid) spent decades attending to these glass slides with utmost dedication well before women were allowed to attend Harvard. These women helped count the stars, helped astronomers learn what the stars are made of, created the classification system astronomers still use, and inadvertently helped measure our Universe. I didn't have to be an astronomer to love this book, and neither do you.


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Wondering Who You Are: A Memoir Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781941040072
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Published: Tin House Books - July 13th, 2015

This story is woven out of the twin threads of love and loss. Alternating chapters offer up an exquisite emotional balance between the story of Sonya's husband losing the memory of their life together, and the story of how the couple met, fell in love, and built a life together. Sonya writes with brute honesty, inviting the reader to stand witness at a profound level. This story is set primarily in the Puget Sound where Sonya teaches writing at Hugo House and with the Red Badge Project. Treat yourself.


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The Bear That Wasn't Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781590173442
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Published: New York Review of Books - March 6th, 2010

"He knew when the geese flew south and the leaves fell from the trees, that winter would soon be here and snow would cover the forest. It was time to go into a cave and hibernate." Beautifully illustrated by the author, this is a children's book adults will love too about a bear who knew his place in the world. But when he wakes up, his world has changed. A factory is operating right on top of him! He wanders into the factory and the foreman yells "Hey you, get back to work!" The sleepy bear replies, "But I'm a bear!" Thus begins this bear's ongoing struggle to maintain his identity in the face of pressure to conform to what is expected of him, both by humans and other bears. My mom read this book to me, I read it to my daughter, and I would be happy to read it to you.


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My Family and Other Animals Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780142004418
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Published: Penguin Books - June 29th, 2004

When my family flew to Greece to visit cousins I had never met, my mother brought a small pocketbook edition of Durrell's classic My Family and Other Animals and read it aloud to my then 5-year-old daughter. On a small sailboat winging across the Mediterranean we learned about 10-year-old Gerald, a budding naturalist, his brother Lawrence, and the rest of their quirky family during the years they lived on the Greek island of Corfu. This book is a love letter to the natural world, laugh-out-loud funny, touching, and replete with characters that are at once familiar and bizarre. It was my daughter's favorite bedtime story until she fired me from reading to her before bed, and seventeen years later this is still our favorite read aloud.


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The Phantom Tollbooth Cover Image
By Norton Juster, Jules Feiffer (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780394820378
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Published: Random House (NY) - October 12th, 1988

I read The Phantom Tollbooth as a kid, in fact it was released within months of my own arrival in the world. I loved it then for the witty wordplay and lovable characters. As an adult, I have come to appreciate the philosophy of Norton Juster's classic. "The most important reason for going from one place to another is to see what's in between," seems a fine motto for living. The story follows a bored boy who accepts an invitation to a world of adventure filled with quirky friends. Participation in this journey requires him to be curious, to pay attention, and to care, excellent skills for humans of every age. It's a fun read and Jules Feiffer's illustrations are a perfect accompaniment. Enjoy.


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Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9781455566389
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Published: Twelve - May 24th, 2016

Tribe is not just a book about PTSD, it is a serious reflection on the dominant culture in American society. Sebastian Junger lays out, in detail, an argument that American culture has wandered so far from our tribal roots that we can’t offer a meaningful experience of connection and community to returning veterans that rivals what they experience in war. We can’t offer it because we’re not living it. If you love someone who went to war and came home, this will likely speak to you (reading Tribe helped me come to a deeper understanding of my ex-Marine father). If you don’t have any veterans in your circle, even more reason to educate yourself.


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Stories I Tell Myself: Growing Up with Hunter S. Thompson Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780307265357
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - January 5th, 2016

The latest in a wave of long overdue child-of-the-counterculture memoirs, Juan F. Thompson's Stories I Tell Myself: Growing Up with Hunter S. Thompson does not disappoint. Whether you're a Gonzo Journalism fan or new to the party, each chapter head includes a list of important events in Hunter's life giving the reader historical signposts, and Juan's introspective and scrupulously honest and forgiving account of his relationship with his father is fascinating, heartbreaking, and ultimately heartening.