Whether you're headed to the cottage, the beach or just lounging in your best reading chair at home, Indigo founder and CEO Heather Reisman says you're sure to enjoy her list of "Heather's Picks" for the summer.


1. "New Boy" by Tracy Chevalier

In this vivid retelling of Othello, Tracy Chevalier brings the reader into suburban Washington in the 1970s, where Osei Kokote – "O" for short – has arrived at his fourth school is six years. He knows he'll need an ally to survive the day, and hits it off with Dee, the most popular girl in school. But Ian, used to holding sway in the schoolyard, refuses to sit back and watch a relationship grow between O – the black boy – and Dee – the golden girl. This powerful drama of friends torn apart by love, jealousy and racism, bullying and betraying, makes "New Boy" an unforgettable novel.

2. "Everybody's Son" by Thrity Umrigar

The bestselling, critically acclaimed author of "The Space Between Us" and "The World We Found" deftly explores issues of race, class, privilege, and power and asks us to consider uncomfortable questions in this probing, ambitious, emotionally wrenching novel of two families – one black, one white.

3. "The Ministry of Utmost Happiness" by Arundhati Roy

"The Ministry of Utmost Happiness" is a dazzling new novel by the internationally celebrated author of "The God of Small Things." It takes us on an intimate journey of many years across the Indian subcontinent – from the cramped neighbourhoods of Old Delhi and the roads of the new city to the mountains and valleys of Kashmir and beyond, where war is peace and peace is war.


1. "The Stranger in the Woods" by Michael Finkel

In 1986, a shy and intelligent 20-year-old named Christopher Knight left his home in Massachusetts, drove to Maine and disappeared into the forest. He would not have a conversation with another human being until nearly three decades later, when he was caught stealing food. This is a vividly detailed account of Knight's secluded life in the woods of Maine. Based on extensive interviews with Knight himself, Finkel's work asks fundamental questions about solitude, community and what makes a good life.


1. "The World Needs More Canada"

"The World Needs More Canada" is Indigo's big, love-filled "birthday card" to Canada from the great culture makers of our time. This one-of-a-kind coffee table book features anecdotes, insights and candid photography from the eclectic mix of over 100 storytellers and visionaries who have made their mark on the True North, from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to Drake, Margaret Atwood to Malcolm Gladwell.


1. "A Wrinkle in Time" by Madeleine L'Engle

This groundbreaking science fiction and fantasy classic is a must-read, and soon to be a major motion picture in 2018, starring Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling. It was a dark and stormy night when Meg Murray, her brother Charles Wallace, and her mother went downstairs for a late-night snack. That's when a most disturbing stranger arrives, bringing news of the "tesseract" – or, a wrinkle in time. This is the award-winning story of adventures in space and time, as Meg and Charles search for their long-lost father in the great unknown.

2. "Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt" by Ben Clanton

Happy-go-lucky Narwhal and no-nonsense Jelly find their inner superheroes in three new under-the-sea adventures. In the first story, Narwhal receals his superhero alter-ego and enlists Jelly to help him figure out what his superpower is. Next, Narwhal uses his superpower to help a friend find his way back home. In the third story, Jelly is feeling blue and Narwhal comes to the rescue.

3. "Dog Man Unleashed" by Dav Pilkey

Dog Man, the newest hero from the creator of "Captain Underpants," is still learning a few tricks of the trade. If only the Chief would throw him a bone every once in a while… Petey the cat is out of the bag, and his criminal curiosity is taking the city by storm. Can the canine crime biter unleash justice on this ruffian in time to save the city, or will Petey get away with the purrfect crime?

4. "Princess Cora and the Crocodile" by Laura Amy Schlitz

Princess Cora is sick of boring lessons. She's sick of running in circles around the dungeon gym. She's sick, sick, sick of taking three baths a day. And her parents won't let her have a dog. But when she writes to her fairy godmother for help, she doesn't expect that help to come in the form of a crocodile – a crocodile who does not behave properly. With perfectly paced dry comedy, children's book luminaries Laura Amy Schlitz and Brian Floca send Princess Cora on a delightful outdoor adventure – climbing trees, getting dirty, having fun – while her alter ego wreaks utter havoc inside the castle, obliging one pair of royal helicopter parents to reconsider their ways.