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When New York City is "snuffed out like a candle" during a blackout, Lucy and Owen find themselves stuck in their building's elevator. Sixteen-year-old Lucy goes to a private school and lives in apartment 24D; 17-year-old Owen lives in the basement with his father, the new building
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014On Fresh Air: Jo Becker, author of Forcing the Spring: Inside the Fight for Marriage Equality (Penguin Press, $29.95, 9781594204449).
On the Daily Show: Elizabeth Warren, author of A Fighting Chance (Metropolitan Books, $28, 9781627790529).
On the Colbert Report: George Will, author of A Nice Little Place on the North Side: Wrigley Field at One Hundred (Crown Archetype, $25, 9780385349314).
Monday, April 21, 2014On NPR's Diane Rehm Show: Andrés Neuman, author of Talking to Ourselves (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $23, 9780374167530).
Thursday, April 17, 2014On KCRW's Bookworm: Dustin Long, author of Bad Teeth: A Novel (New Harvest, $25, 9780544262003).
On NPR's Diane Rehm Show: Katty Kay and Claire Shipman, authors of The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance--What Women Should Know (HarperBusiness, $27.99, 9780062230621).
Tuesday, April 15, 2014On Fresh Air: Carlotta Gall, author of The Wrong Enemy: America in Afghanistan, 2001-2014 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $28, 9780544046696).
On Diane Rehm: Akhil Sharma, author of Family Life: A Novel (Norton, $23.95, 9780393060058).
Monday, April 14, 2014On NPR's Morning Edition: Susan Shillinglaw, author of On Reading The Grapes of Wrath (Penguin, $14, 9780143125501).
On NPR's Diane Rehm Show: William D. Cohan, author of The Price of Silence: The Duke Lacrosse Scandal, the Power of the Elite, and the Corruption of Our Great Universities (Scribner, $35, 9781451681796).