Published in The Traveler Magazine
January 15, 2018
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In the sunny library at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, it’s easy to imagine the third U.S. president (and renowned bibliophile) poring over books at the ingenious adjustable reading table. Jefferson put his smarty pants ideas to work down the hill in Charlottesville, too, where the University of Virginia’s Academical Village includes a domed Rotunda and dorms surrounding a bucolic lawn. It’s due both to the high number of college grads—and bookstores—that the city ranks as the most literate in our survey.
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