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 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.