Strong sales puts the book at number 13 for the week ending March 3 on the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association’s list. The NAIBA includes stores in seven states (NY, NJ, PA, DE, MD, VA, WV) and the District of Columbia.
Co-host Bob Garfield’s interview focuses on the roots of racial separation, and how 19th century newspapers covered protest, civil rights, and the Supreme Court. Listen to the program, which March 8-9, 2019, on podcast here.
Reviewer Terence Samuel praises Luxenberg for telling stories that “capture both the hope and hopelessness that has been central to America’s long argument about race.” Read his full review here.
“Luxenberg’s history contains so many surprises, absurdities and ironies that it would be a shame to spoil the final chapters by revealing which justice ended up on which side,” says reviewer James Goodman, distinguished professor of history and creative writing at Rutgers University. Read his full review here.
“Separate reminds us that our history is not simply a narrative of greater and greater freedom. Rights can be gained, and rights can be taken away,” says reviewer Eric Foner, professor of history at Columbia. Read his full review here.
In a live tweet from the conversation with host David Folkenflik and guest Janai Nelson of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, “On Point” quoted Steve as saying, “”People always say the civil rights movement began in the ’60s, meaning the 1960s. Wrong. Civil rights movements began in the 1860s.” Listen to the full discussion here.
The Times, on its list of “12 Books to Look for in February,” said “Luxenberg gives a three-dimensional and almost novelistic treatment to the players involved.” Read the list here. Amazon, for its Best Books of the Month, picked Separate as one of eight new books in its History category. See the entire list here.
In crafting his argument, Louis Menand relies on Steve’s new book, calling it “deeply researched” and “a fresh way to tell the story.” Read Menand’s full essay here.
Praising Separate as a work in the “sweeping style” of Wilkerson’s 2010 award-winner, the Library Journal reviewer says Steve Luxenberg’s book “will be enthusiastically received by informed readers and historians, and is likely to become the seminal work on this crucial Supreme Court decision.”
The current line-up includes talks in NYC, Boston, Washington, Baltimore, Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and New Orleans. Steve’s book festival appearances include Virginia, Texas, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Washington, D.C. See the full schedule here.