NC Literary Hall of Fame



Outnumbered: Memoir of a Schnauzer Mom by Isabel MacRae Allen

Stonehill Productions
$12, paperback / $6.99, e-book
ISBN: 978-06692462157
November, 2015
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Outnumbered is a poignant and joyous romp into the world of a woman raising two schnauzer puppies in the beautiful, yet threatening, Appalachian Mountains. It quickly becomes apparent that Gus and Lucy are very different dogs. Gus radiates magnetic appeal but is naughty as Peter Rabbit; Lucy exudes joie de vivre until her hidden illness dampens her loving spirit. Together, they are a home demolition team. Isabel is determined to keep the puppies safe from the wildlife while giving them a life worth living. Dog ownership reaches a crisis level as Isabel realizes the biggest threat to rearing two happy, healthy dogs is a battle within her own psyche.

Isabel MacRae Allen taught math at Trinity School and Pace Academy in Atlanta, Georgia. Twenty years later, she studied oil painting and had a one-woman show at Toulouse. When her interest turned to writing, she attended the University of Iowa and the Chautauqua Institution.She enjoys an ongoing study of theology that included a stint at the Ecumenical Institute in Geneva, Switzerland. She graduated from Peace College, Wesleyan College, and earned a Masters from Oglethorpe University. Her upcoming book, Downsized to Heaven, is the amusing story of a city woman adjusting to life in Appalachia.

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