New York Times Book Review of Call Me Ishtar, 1973

“Rhoda Lerman is a find. Go out and find her.”

NY Times Ishtar Review


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Binghamton Press-Connects Lovingly Remembers Rhoda

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:

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Nominated for a Pulitzer

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!


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God’s Ear (1989) – Publisher’s Weekly Review

Like a Chagall painting translated to print,
this passionate, hilarious,
God-infused novel …

(read online)

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Animal Acts (1994) : Publisher’s Weekly Review

“Justly known as a writer’s writer,
Lerman produces fascinating plots and lush,
seductive prose in the service of transcendent questions.
Her sixth novel (after God’s Ear ) is a tour de force”

(read it online)


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Rhoda Lerman, Jan 18, 1936 – Aug 30, 2015

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,writfb picsten 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.

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Elsa Was Born A Dog Awarded Best Human/Animal Bond Work

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.

Rhoda at DWAA Rhoda at DWAA elsa book winner

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My New Book: Elsa Was Born A Dog!

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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!

Digital Edition

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). 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)



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Loretta Swit on Playing Eleanor

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Eleanor in San Diego, Chicago and Washington, D.C>

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!

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