• Book cover designer Chip Kidd is a rock star in my world, so I got a little giddy while watching this fascinating video in which some of the top Random House graphic designers/art directors describe the creative process behind their work.

• On Monday, seven books from George Washington's personal library went for $1.2 million at a Sotheby's auction. Find out the titles of the books—as well as the prices fetched by other rare first editions—here.

• To promote their summer reading program, the Seattle Public Library set a new world record for the longest book domino chain—consisting of more than 2,100 books! The video is practically guaranteed to put a smile on your face, and may even elicit a "whoop" or two when the last book falls.

• As if we needed another reason to love John Green, his frank discussion of why he feels The Fault in Our Stars has been so wildly successful—in which he credits his editor, publicist and publisher—frankly made this former book editor swoon.

• Finally, if you're stuck at work while most of your colleagues are off on vacation and you're in serious need of some armchair travel, check out Nicole Krauss’ dispatch from Turks and Caicos for Condé Nast Traveler.

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