Talking Dogs?

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.

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The New Book About the Dogs

At last, and very soon, (within the month), my latest book about the dogs, following the most enduring successful In the Company of Newfies, will be on Amazon. It’s title is Elsa Was Born a Dog, I Was Born a Human. Things Have Changed. I can not wait to share it with so many of you who have read and loved the first book which has become the Newfoundland Bible. We’ll let you know as soon as Elsa Was Born a Dog is up and running!

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Another Standing Ovation for Loretta as Eleanor

I’m so proud to hear that Loretta Swit played to a huge audience at the Popejoy in Albuquerque today with a packed house and standing ovation. Thanks to Tom MacDuffie who went and reported. What would it be like to have almost 2000 people cheering for your performance?

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Rhoda with Jean Stapleton and Hillary Clinton at 2001 production of Eleanor


During the original production tour, Eleanor, Her Secret Journey starring Jean Stapleton, played at the Arena Theater in Washington, D.C. in October 2001. Here are Rhoda, Jean and First Lady Hillary Clinton chatting about the performance.
Read a Washington Post interview with Jean about the play: A Conversation with Jean Stapleton

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We would love to hear comments from anyone who has seen the play.

If anyone has seen the play Eleanor, Her Secret Journey and would like to tell us how it struck you, we would love to hear your comments.

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Standing Ovation at the Florissant near St. Louis

Loretta Swit received a standing ovation last night for her performance of Eleanor in Florissant, MO outside St. Louis. Report was it was a “big house”. Tomorrow night she is in Shreveport, La

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Eleanor, Her Secret Journey starring Loretta Swit is On Tour Now

I would like all of you to know that my play based on my book about Eleanor Roosevelt is opening its national tour this spring. I’ve seen one rehearsal performance and Loretta Swit (yes, Hotlips from Mash) is really good. Jean Stapleton from All in the Family had it on national tour about 10 years ago. Here are the venues and dates:


Florissant Theatre , Florissant, Missouri March 20
The Strand Shreveport, La. March 22
University of New Mexico PopeJoy, Albuquerque March 24
The Reif Center Grand Rapids April l6
Poway Center for the Performing Arts, Poway, California April 20
Franklin Park Arts Center, Purcellville, Va. (DC area, May 3)
Woodstock Opera House Woodstock, Ill. (Chicago area) May 5

These are one night stands in large theaters

If you would like an autographed of my book, Eleanor, let me know.


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Announcing Elsa Was Born A Dog

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Elsa was born a dog. I was born a human. Things have changed.

A new book by Rhoda Lerman,
author of In the Company of Newfies.

In Rhoda Lerman’s newest book about her dogs, we get to know Elsa, a very large, black and white Newfoundland, as she struggles to be human, to speak, to act, and to think as we do. Because of her profound and intense relationship with her humans, Elsa has become a person-dog, happily living her life on the interface between human and dog. Lerman, who is always trying to understand her dogs and join their universe, has struggled to become a dog-person. Elsa and Lerman understand each other.

When Elsa has puppies, seventeen of them all at once, it is important that the 150 pound Newfoundland is able to remember her dog instincts. But Elsa is a reluctant mom, overwhelmed and terrified, and she needs Lerman to take over the task of caring for her enormous litter. As Elsa (person-dog) and Lerman (dog-person) live through the fragile, joyful, terror-filled days of birth and growth, we watch as the two of them discover more of what they need to know about each other and ultimately about the universe.

Much praised fiction writer and playwright, Lerman’s first book about dogs, IN THE COMPANY OF NEWFIES, now a classic, has become a bible for dog owners for its depth of understanding and vision. This book takes the reader to new and visionary levels about the relationship between dogs and people and what is possible.

“Rhoda Lerman is a find. Go out and find her.”
-New York Times

Praise for In the Company of Newfies

“Extraordinary…exceptional…unusually lyrical writing, observations beautifully expressed…(a) truly unique voice. Now the best news: In the Company of Newfies is, indeed, being republished. A true collector’s item.”
– George Berger, Publisher, AKC Gazette

“In The Hidden Life of Dogs Elizabeth Marshall Thomas asked what dogs want. Rhoda Lerman has come up with a different answer. I love both books because the authors have so much in common.”
– Jeffrey Mousaleff Masson author of When Elephants Weep; The Emotional Life of Animals , Los Angeles Times

“This is a book that you can read and share with your dogs. You can share it with your husband too, although he may not be as much fun.”
– Rita Mae Brown author of Rubyfruit Jungle

“Tender and elegantly written account of a relationship between humans and animals. Lerman has captured that sweet relationship with her gift for words.”
– Alix Madrigal, San Francisco Sunday Examiner and Chronicle

“Will surely touch a chord with dog lovers.”
– Booklist

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