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18 water-themed books to dive into this month

Consider this your end-of-summer reading list.
shelf of books

The Popular Science display at Strand Book Store.

Strand Book Store

It's August, the last full month before Labor Day, which means (despite the back-to-school sales and for fall), there are still plenty of long, hot summer days left for reading. August also marks the beginning of a new partnership for us: has teamed up with to provide monthly book lists to fill your brain with science.

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