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Non-Fiction Book Club to Discuss - Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckoff - Thursday, October 4, 2012

Long time readers of this blog know the deal. Our Non-Fiction book club meets the first Thursday of every month and we have a really good time discussing everything under the non-fiction sun—from memoirs to journalim and what is the subject of this month’s selection: historical narratives.

Lost in Shangri-La tells the improbable but true WWII story of survival and adventure in Dutch New Guinea. Near the end of the war a US plane crashed in a previously unknown valley high in the mountains. To get back to safety, the survivors had to navigate their way past cannibals, enemy Japanese troops and the dangers of the jungle.

About the Author: Mitchell Zuckoff  is a professor of journalism at Boston University. His previous books are: Robert Altman: The Oral Biography, one of’s “Best Books of 2009”; Ponzi’s Scheme: The True Story of a Financial Legend, a New York Times Editors’ Choice book; and Choosing Naia: A Family’s Journey, which received the Christopher Award and was named a Massachusetts Honor Book. He is co-author of Judgment Ridge: The True Story Behind the Dartmouth Murders, which was a finalist for the Edgar Award.

Join in on the discussion! Despite the fact that we ask you obtain your own copy of the selected title (copies available to borrow from our library system, call 978-674-4121 with your library card to request one) the Pollard Library Non-Fiction Book Club is free and open to the public. We’ll be voting at October’s meeting for two more future non-fiction gems.  For more information or to request a ballot for upcoming titles please contact Sean Thibodeau, Community Planning Librarian or 978-674-1542