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Water your mind

Quench your literary thirst with this summer reading list.

Ahh, summer. The days are longer, Colorado’s weather is beautiful and kids and adults alike are putting together their summer reading lists. So kick back in a lawn chair, watch your sprinklers water your lawn with the greatest efficiency (obviously only between 6 p.m. and 10 a.m., using the cycle-and-soak method), and quench your reading thirst with these great books (despite the long titles). Here are some of our favorites, with summaries from the publishers:

“A Ditch in Time: The City, the West, and Water,” by Patricia Limerick and Jason L. Hanson

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Tracing the origins and growth of Denver Water, “A Ditch in Time: The City, the West, and Water” places this case study in the big picture of regional and national history. Written in a lively style and enriched with photographs and images, this book raises questions of consequence about the complex relationship among cities, suburbs and rural areas. If you live in Colorado, this is a must-read in your personal library.

“Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do,” by Wallace J. Nichols

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Why does being near water set our minds and bodies at ease? In “Blue Mind,” Wallace J. Nichols revolutionizes how we think about these questions, revealing the remarkable truth about the benefits of being around water. Combining cutting-edge neuroscience with compelling personal stories from top athletes, leading scientists, military veterans and gifted artists, he shows how proximity to water can improve performance, increase calm, diminish anxiety and increase professional success. Denver Water’s 1,100+ employees would tend to agree.

 

“Did a Dinosaur Drink This Water?,” by Robert Wells

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You didn’t think we would leave out books for our young water drinkers, did you? There are almost too many to choose from, but here are some great children’s books on the water cycle. We can’t resist “Did a Dinosaur Drink This Water?,” which teaches how the water we have on earth today is the same water that has been cycling through the different stages of the water cycle for millennia.