The Findlay-Hancock County Public Library has selected “Lost in Shangri-La,” by Mitchell Zuckoff, as the book for its CommunityRead 2015.
Zuckoff will visit Hancock County at 7 p.m. March 27 during CommunityRead month for a public presentation at Winebrenner Auditorium on the campus of the University of Findlay.
In 1945, 24 members of the United States military, including nine Women’s Army Corps members, boarded a plane to see “Shangri-La,” a beautiful valley deep within the Dutch New Guinea jungle. The plane crashed, leaving only three survivors — a beautiful WAC, a young lieutenant who lost his twin brother in the crash and a severely injured sergeant. The three were stranded deep in a jungle valley notorious for its cannibalistic tribes. They had no food, little water and no way to contact their military base. Faced with the potential brutality of the Dani tribe, known throughout the valley for its violence, the trio’s lives were dependent on an unprecedented rescue mission.
Drawn from interviews, Army documents, photos, diaries and original film footage, the tale is among the great survival stories of World War II.
Zuckoff is a professor of journalism at Boston University and the author of six books, including the New York Times best sellers “Frozen in Time” and “Lost in Shangri-La,” which won the Winship/PEN Award for Nonfiction. As a reporter for the Boston Globe, he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist and won the Distinguished Writing Award from the American Society of Newspaper Editors. He lives in Newton, Massachusetts.
CommunityRead 2015 and Zuckoff’s presentation are funded by a Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation grant, business and private sponsors, and the library’s general fund. Ticket sales for the March 27 feature event will begin in early February.
For more information, visit the library website at www.findlaylibrary.org/commrd or call the library at 419-422-1712.
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