Herbert Hadad - Writer

Following the celebrated reception of Finding Immortality, Herbert Hadad is pleased to announce his second book is underway. Please stay tuned for details in the coming months.

In other news, the Jewish Women's Theatre, of Los

Angeles will dramatize

and stage Hadad's New York Times opinion piece titled "Both Jewish and Arabic." The

story concerns keeping his Arabic heritage alive for his three small children in a Judeo-Christian household, starting with teaching them to count from one to ten.
The original op-ed was published in 1985.

The play, titled 
Exile: Kisses on both Cheeks, is scheduled

to run for 15-20 times in March and April. 
Find box office information here

Please also see recent features including: 
the Know Your Neighbor Series from 
The Examiner NewsHerbert Hadad, Writer/Journalist, Pocantico Hills
and a letter from Hadad to the
Journal News: A Comment, in Arabic, at an Airport.


Finding Immortality: The Making of One American Family

In this lyrical and poignant book, Finding Immortality: The Making of One American Family, award-winning writer Herbert Hadad records the joys and sorrows of parenthood and, in so doing, opens a wide window into family life that is intimate and unmistakably American. The masterful prose of Finding Immortality conveys the true tale of one family confronting and triumphing over real issues, from infidelity and drink to mortality and racism. These universal themes provide a treasury of lessons for parents and all other admirers of fine writing to learn and enjoy. Here is what some readers have had to say about Finding Immortality:

“These gritty and flavorful essays address the emotional costs of virtue, faith, and true love.”
—Lawrence Wright, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in nonfiction for The Looming Tower and staff writer for The New Yorker

“An elegant writer and story teller, Hadad spins tales as compelling as O’Henry’s. These are vivid, often roguish, portraits of the angst and pleasures of contemporary existence.”
—Selwyn Raab, author and retired New York Times reporter

“Kid boxer and life-long journalist Herb Hadad has been around. He’s seen a lot. Part Jew, part Arab, and all American, he loves his children, his wife, and his world. These stories will clear the mind and warm the heart.”
—Benjamin H. Cheever, novelist and journalist

“As strong as the bonds are among Herbert Hadad’s family members in these pellucid domestic narratives, he makes clear that as a father he has as many faults as the next guy. These are not stories about suburban Care Bears. Yet the episodes flow so smoothly that you imagine it must be easy to do this kind of writing. It isn’t.”
—Stephen S. Pickering, retired New York Times staff editor

“Herb Hadad distills with a great eye and a great ear what we care about and presents it brilliantly, with wit and understanding.”
—Dr. Myles Striar, professor of education emeritus, Boston University, writer, and translator

“Hadad doesn’t blink, he doesn’t flinch. He looks straight at his subjects, sometimes in sorrow but mostly in joy, and tells the stories that dwell in most of us. Finding Immortality is a wonderful read.”
—the late Dennis Duggan, columnist, Newsday

“His essays are personal and quirky, with an angle, a larger theme, that makes them stick and gives them an edge. The big test: as a reader it is hard not to care about Herbert Hadad and his family. I think of E.B. White here, how he could make his geese, his dachshund Fred, his neighbor with the plow, himself with doldrums, all off-center and yet universal, something we understood. He made his little world feel connected to ours, us to him. That’s the gift. I think Herbert does that.”
—Geraldine Van Dusen, editor and freelance journalist

Click here to read some excerpts from the book and see a Q&A from the author.

Finding Immortality is available online at:

Barnes and Noble.com


Signed copies available for sale at The Village Bookstore
in Pleasantville, NY

Thank you for your interest.

-Patch.com interviews Hadad about developments at the Hudson Valley Writers' Center: Writer's Center Broadens its Approach to Prose, and on his book: Essays on Family Life Open a New Chapter for Local Author.

-Finding Immortality is featured in The Journal News: New book reflects on author in family life

-Hadad is interviewed on WCBS Radio 880 by reporter Catherine Cioffi. Listen here.

-Finding Immortality gets written up in the New York Post's Page Six

-Hadad makes his cable television debut. View the program On Writing, where Hadad is interviewed by novelist Ben Cheever.

-Herbert Hadad gro
uped with Sarah Palin? Read his piece on launching his book recently printed in
The Journal News: Local author may have to go rogue to boost book sales

-Hadad recently held a reading and book signing for Finding Immortality in Greenburgh, NY. See photos from the event here.

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