Lost in Shangri-La

In the history of World War II, tales of battlefield heroics have often obscured odder but no less stirring exploits. Mitchell Zuckoff's fascinating chronicle remedies one such lacuna, as it brings to light a perilous quest for survival following a plane crash in Dutch New Guinea, in which a trio of American soldiers survive the elements, warlike islanders, and fate through a series of adventures worthy of Indiana Jones.

April 21: " 'Pull' includes 'invitations to tea' at which one hears smiling reminders that a better life is available to people who stop talking about massacres..."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…