Writer Valerie Zehl puts in a lot of effort to write tributes to local residents. She interviewed Rhoda in 2013 for an article, then fleshed out so much more information to write a tribute to her in the Binghamton Press-Connects which was published on September 25.
Here is the article “Woman was author, Pulitzer nominee — and Dog Lover”.
Note: The newspaper is behind a paywall so if you can’t see the article, here’s a copy we created: http://rhodalerman.com/binghamton-press-connects-article/
Rhoda’s first book, Call Me Ishtar, was nominated by her publisher, Doubleday Press, as their sole Pulitzer Prize submission for fiction. Pretty impressive for a 37 year old!
We (Rhoda’s family) are very sad to share the news that this extraordinary woman passed away at home on August 30, 2015 after a long battle with cancer. True to her nature, she told us, “I can’t wait to see what’s on the other side”. We know she departed among a parade of dogs and others she loved who preceded her.
Rhoda’s dazzling legacy will live on. She died knowing that the book, The Fourth Reich, that she had researched and written over the past 10 years is currently being edited and should be ready to be published soon. A number of her earlier books are targeted for re-publication. And in addition to those, three of her books: Eleanor, In the Company of Newfies and Elsa Was Born A Dog, I Was Born A Human…Things Have Changed are all available through this website.
We were proud to see a wonderful obituary in the New York Times. Here is a link to that.
There is also a lovely obituary in the Syracuse Post Standard,written by Rhoda’s husband, Bob Lerman.
We have been digging through photos of Rhoda throughout her life and posting them in an album on Facebook which is public.
A second set of photos are in another album on Facebook called “More Rhoda Pics“. It is also public.
Also, check the Photos page on this site for some of her author photos.
We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love for Rhoda from the Newfoundland dog community as well as the literary community.
We will continue to post news about Rhoda’s work here.
On Sunday night, February 9th, at the Westminster dog show, my book Elsa Was Born a Dog, I Was Born a Human…Things Have Changed received the Merial Special Award for the best work on Human-Animal Bond. Merial is a large company that manufactures veterinarian pharmaceuticals. The award was for “the work that best highlights the unique relationship between a dog and its owner and best brings to life the concept of the human-animal bond”. There were 700 entries and I was told that there was strong competition. It was presented by the Dog Writers Association of America. I am very pleased that my book has been honored by other writers.
Last month we published my newest book, “Elsa Was Born a Dog, I Was Born A Human…Things Have Changed”.
There is a website dedicated to the book:
Below are some quick details about purchasing a print or digital edition.
Hard Cover Print Edition
Thanks for all of the pre-orders for the hard cover edition of Elsa Was Born A Dog.
We’ve determined a price for this collectible edition.
It will be $28.95 (US, plus shipping).
And they will be signed.
Click here to pre-order your printed copy!
You can purchase a digital edition for only $9.99 (US) and there are a few options.
Amazon has a Kindle edition (click here to purchase from Amazon).
Dogwise.com has multiple digital formats of Elsa Was Born A Dog, also for $9.99 (US):
All three of the major Ebook formats when you purchase from us – Adobe PDF, Mobi (For Kindle), and ePub (Sony Bookreader, Nook, Ipad/phone/touch, Droid, and other e-reader devices). (click here to purchase from DogWise)
Loretta Swit knocked them out in San Diego. Now she moves to D.C. and the Chicago. I’m going to get down for the D.C. night on May 3.
Franklin Park Arts Center, Purcellville, Va. (DC area, May 3)
Woodstock Opera House Woodstock, Ill. (Chicago area) May 5
Wish they would let service dogs into these theaters! Elsa says she’d like to see the play.Elsa was Born a Dog is on its way to Kindle with lots of great pictures!
In the new book (Elsa Was Born A Dog) there is chapter about dogs talking. It was too late to add to the book but I would like to report four Jack Russells who live on a boat in Key West who have said, Let’s go! and Where were you? If anyone has more reports I would be very grateful.