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DAY 3: What's the Hub of America's Smartest Small Town?

Is it any wonder that the unofficial heart of downtown Bethesda (America’s most educated small town according to Jan. 2009 Forbes magazine) is a bookshop?  Of course it’s not just any bookshop but rather a 3-story Barnes and Noble with a cafe.  Where else would the nation’s smartest folks choose to enjoy a lazy afternoon?

Barnes and Noble on a cloudy January afternoon, 2011

Standing majestically at the corner of Bethesda Ave. and Woodmont Ave., the books sing their siren song to the educated pedestrians who enjoy refreshment of the mind and, of course, a latte.   Barnes and Noble in downtown Bethesda is decorated beautifully every holiday season and in the warmer months the fountain out front is the ideal spot to watch street musicians play, children frolic and to visit with friends.

Bethesda’s Barnes and Noble staff are typically very helpful and eager to assist you in finding your latest great read!  And if you’re looking for an opportunity to meet and talk with authors or participate in a book club, stop by and check on their local calendar of events or visit the Barnes and Noble calendar on-line.  Today, January 3rd, author Patrick K. O’Donnell, will share insights about his book, Give Me Tomorrow: The Korean War’s Greatest Untold Story: The Epic Stand of the Marines of George Company.

If you haven’t visited Barnes & Noble in Bethesda, you haven’t yet experienced the heart of America’s most educated small town.    ~Amy

  1. Denise Hunter

    That looks like a fantastic Barnes and Noble to get lost in. I could spend HOURS in there.

  2. Denise Hunter

    That looks like a fantastic Barnes and Noble to get lost in. I could spend HOURS in there.

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