This Much Country
A memoir of heartbreak, thousand-mile races, the endless Alaskan wilderness and many, many dogs from one of only a handful of women to have completed both the Yukon Quest and the Iditarod. In 2009, after a crippling divorce that left her heartbroken and directionless, Kristin decided to accept an offer to live at a friend's cabin outside of Denali National Park in Alaska for a few months. In exchange for housing, she would take care of her friend's eight sled dogs.That winter, she learned that she was tougher than she ever knew. She learned how to survive in one of the most remote places on earth and she learned she was strong enough to be alone. She fell in love twice: first with running sled dogs, and then with Andy, a gentle man who had himself moved to Alaska to heal a broken heart. Kristin and Andy married and started a sled dog kennel. While this work was enormously satisfying, Kristin became determined to complete the Iditarod -- the 1,000-mile dogsled race from Anchorage, in south central Alaska, to Nome on the western Bering Sea coast.THIS MUCH COUNTRY is the story of renewal and transformation. It's about journeying across a wild and unpredictable landscape and finding inner peace, courage and a true home. It's about pushing boundaries and overcoming paralyzing fears.

This Much Country Details

TitleThis Much Country
Author
ReleaseMar 5th, 2019
PublisherGrand Central Publishing
ISBN-139781538762400
Rating
GenreAutobiography, Memoir, Nonfiction, Adventure, Animals, Dogs

This Much Country Review

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    January 1, 1970
    This Much Country! Alaska! Have you been? ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ I have, and it's my favorite place I've traveled. I'd go back in an instant. The last frontier brought out a sense of adventure I had no idea I possessed. This Much Country is an exciting and adventurous memoir that reads like fiction. Kristin Knight Pace goes through an emotional divorce and decides to live in a cabin outside Denali National Park, taking care of her friend's sled dogs for a few months. She survived the winter and found hersel This Much Country! Alaska! Have you been? ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ I have, and it's my favorite place I've traveled. I'd go back in an instant. The last frontier brought out a sense of adventure I had no idea I possessed. This Much Country is an exciting and adventurous memoir that reads like fiction. Kristin Knight Pace goes through an emotional divorce and decides to live in a cabin outside Denali National Park, taking care of her friend's sled dogs for a few months. She survived the winter and found herself, an inner strength, a love for sled dogs and running with them, and met an also broken-hearted man who came to Alaska to heal. Kristin goes on to complete the Iditarod, one of only a few women who have done so. There's a reason this book has an over 4.5 rating on GR. Many reasons. I LOVED THIS BOOK! Everyone should read it, and dog lovers can't miss it! I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own. Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog: www.jennifertarheelreader.com
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  • Matt Pace
    January 1, 1970
    I can’t pretend to be objective here, the author is my sister in law and most of the characters are my canine nieces and nephews and I love all of them and this book.
  • Katelyn
    January 1, 1970
    I fell right into Knight Pace's honest memoir of her 20s and 30s. This is her fascinating story of finding her way to Alaska, getting into dog mushing and finding love. She has completed the two 1,000 mile dog sled races: the Yukon Quest and the Iditarod. I knew these were feats, but I had no idea how incredible until I read her accounts of what she went through on the trails. Her degree is in journalism, so this is very readable. I read this in two days, feeling cozy in my warm Minnesota house I fell right into Knight Pace's honest memoir of her 20s and 30s. This is her fascinating story of finding her way to Alaska, getting into dog mushing and finding love. She has completed the two 1,000 mile dog sled races: the Yukon Quest and the Iditarod. I knew these were feats, but I had no idea how incredible until I read her accounts of what she went through on the trails. Her degree is in journalism, so this is very readable. I read this in two days, feeling cozy in my warm Minnesota house while reading about her life in the Alaskan wilderness. Highly recommended if you like books about Alaska and wilderness, or if you are a big dog lover.
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  • Taylor Metcalfe
    January 1, 1970
    This book has me so emotional. I immediately liked Kristin and found her experiences so interesting. From trail building in Montana to house/dog sitting in Alaska. Its a dream of mine to visit Alaska (a place so different than my sweltering Georgia home) and Kristin really brings you there to the brutal beauty. Not to mention the absolute love and connection she makes you feel for the beautiful dogs.While reading I actually went online to look at Hey Moose! Kennels website to see pictures of the This book has me so emotional. I immediately liked Kristin and found her experiences so interesting. From trail building in Montana to house/dog sitting in Alaska. Its a dream of mine to visit Alaska (a place so different than my sweltering Georgia home) and Kristin really brings you there to the brutal beauty. Not to mention the absolute love and connection she makes you feel for the beautiful dogs.While reading I actually went online to look at Hey Moose! Kennels website to see pictures of the dogs. The first picture I saw was of Solo and I started crying. It was like seeing an old friend after years of being apart. I recommend this book for people interested in dog mushing, the Alaskan homestead lifestyle, and empowering stories abut women who work hard for their dreams.
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  • Kate (kate_reads_)
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoy reading about experiences I will never choose to have - whether it’s a female cab driver in Manhattan, a group of kids on the intense science fair circuit or in this case - a woman living in remote Alaska and competing in 1,000 mile long sled dog races.I am not outdoorsy and the idea of living in remote Alaska with no electricity and 2 hours from the nearest store is totally foreign to me. The closest I will come is reading this book - while snuggled under a cozy blanket on my cozy couch I enjoy reading about experiences I will never choose to have - whether it’s a female cab driver in Manhattan, a group of kids on the intense science fair circuit or in this case - a woman living in remote Alaska and competing in 1,000 mile long sled dog races.I am not outdoorsy and the idea of living in remote Alaska with no electricity and 2 hours from the nearest store is totally foreign to me. The closest I will come is reading this book - while snuggled under a cozy blanket on my cozy couch in my warm apartment with electricity and hot water and all manner of convenience available just a few minutes away.But even though our lives are so different - I was *right there* with Kristin through it all. At the start of the book - I wasn’t sure the writing style was for me but I wanted to stick with it to see the story. By the second half - I didn’t even realize I was reading words on a page, I was just living the story by her side.There were times it seemed I held my breath for whole chapters. I will also confess at one point there were tears - and I don’t mean a single dainty tear, no this was full on “Claire Dane crying”.I recommend reading this book - and hugging your dog if you have one. 😊 Thank you so much to Grand Central Publishing for the free review copy in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    This is so good, very reminiscent of Wild and reading it you realize what a person is capable of, what the body can endure if your mind is determined. I said to a waitress today as I was reading this at brunch and she asked me, that people are crazy! But still, to finish the Iditarod is just incredible and she has such a beautiful way of writing about it and everything that led her to that point.
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  • Dawn O. | Left Coast Reader
    January 1, 1970
    A huge thank you to Forever & Grand Central Publishing for putting this book in my hands!An outstanding memoir!  I am enamoured by life in Alaska because it couldn't be further from the life I live - it's vast, extreme, unforgiving, and not for the faint of heart. Toss in a fearless woman who trains for the ultimate dog sled races; the Iditarod and the 1,000 mile Yukon Quest and every single reader will get a charge out of THIS MUCH COUNTRY.Pace grew up an adventurous child surrounded by lov A huge thank you to Forever & Grand Central Publishing for putting this book in my hands!An outstanding memoir!  I am enamoured by life in Alaska because it couldn't be further from the life I live - it's vast, extreme, unforgiving, and not for the faint of heart. Toss in a fearless woman who trains for the ultimate dog sled races; the Iditarod and the 1,000 mile Yukon Quest and every single reader will get a charge out of THIS MUCH COUNTRY.Pace grew up an adventurous child surrounded by loving and encouraging parents. She acted on her need for adrenaline and to heal from divorce and a broken heart and took an internship at the Denali National Park Sled Dog Kennels where she developed a voracious love for the dogs and the harsh backcountry while tagging along with a musher on gruelling 20-mile patrols.This book is a soul-searching journey. For every heart-wrenching moment there was victory. For the dog lovers out there her emotional connection to her sled dog kennel make her one of the pack - beautiful! I wish I had been half as brave as Pace and accepted my offer to study in Montana but for now I will live vicariously thru her experiences.Packed with vivid imagery and sincerity. Pace sleds across -40F tundra and for all intents and purposes I was on this trek with her. Highly recommend.
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  • Cassie Gutman (happybooklovers)
    January 1, 1970
    ~3.5 stars~Very much enjoyed this memoir of a woman who moved to Alaska and fell in love with mushing sled dogs. Emotional connection to her dogs was a big part of the story that I enjoyed, and it was well told, as we followed her on her training journey through several big races and life moments. Great for cold-weather reading, readers looking for women in sports books, and those looking to read about someone starting something new.
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  • Peggy Dewane-Pope
    January 1, 1970
    This book captures the joy and passion Kristin feels for nature, hard work, her people and her dogs. Having watched the start of the Yukon Quest in Fairbanks in 2016 quite by chance her book helps me understand what amazing athletes mushers and their dogs are. I loved traveling with her from the lower 48 up to Alaska to follow her tale of hard work, sweat equity, perseverance and return on investment. Her love for her dogs and the care mushers give their dogs brought me such happiness. So thankf This book captures the joy and passion Kristin feels for nature, hard work, her people and her dogs. Having watched the start of the Yukon Quest in Fairbanks in 2016 quite by chance her book helps me understand what amazing athletes mushers and their dogs are. I loved traveling with her from the lower 48 up to Alaska to follow her tale of hard work, sweat equity, perseverance and return on investment. Her love for her dogs and the care mushers give their dogs brought me such happiness. So thankful to Shelley for sending the book to me!
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  • Laura Hoffman Brauman
    January 1, 1970
    This resonated with me on several levels -- Pace's story about love, heartbreak, and love again demonstrates her resilience, her willingness to push beyond her comfort zone is inspiring, and the exquisite writing about the beauty, ruggedness, and isolation of Alaska is breathtaking. I loved reading about her connection with her dogs and her experiences running her sled teams in the Yukon Race and the Iditarod.
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  • Sharon
    January 1, 1970
    I gobbled this book up faster than a hungry sled dog. At one point I sobbed on an airplane after one of the dogs died. This book was fascinating from the first page. The backdrop of the Alaskan lifestyle was intriguing, the dogs were absolute miracles, and the adventures were spellbinding. I cannot even express how much I loved this book. I literally read it in 24 hours.
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  • Kat
    January 1, 1970
    Loved Kristin Knight Pace's memoir...a real page-turner! I am not usually a memoir reader, but this one was well written and about Alaska. This Alaskan adventure had it all; love , wilderness, sled dog mushing, and survival. I highly recommend "This Much Country."
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  • Angie Marshall
    January 1, 1970
    LOVED IT...
  • Jessica Laabs
    January 1, 1970
    Drew me in right away and I couldn’t put it down. Beautiful, raw, REAL. An intriguing memoir especially if you are interested in dogs, Alaska, mushing, strong women.
  • Roxane Bartelt
    January 1, 1970
    “I’ll be careful with your heart.” That sums it up.
  • Jane Jones
    January 1, 1970
    Kristin has a lovely way with words and storytelling; I wanted to read straight-through.Kristin, thank you for sharing the first part of your life story with the world!
  • Katie
    January 1, 1970
    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The way Kristin writes about her dogs and the life she has lived with them is lyrical, raw, and captivating. If you're like me, it will make you want to run and find the nearest dog to you and hug it. It will also make you think about what, and whom, you choose to fill your own life with.
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  • C Bolt
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book. The story was captivating and the author was very inspiring. I loved hearing about her journey to self-discovery and of course loved reading about the dogs that have impacted her throughout her life. I highly recommend this book!
  • Jenreiter
    January 1, 1970
    I loved every page of this book! It’s beautifully written and such a powerful story of finding yourself, trusting yourself and ultimately believing in yourself.
  • Brooke Cheley
    January 1, 1970
    I completely enjoyed this book. It has been a couple of days since I have finished it and I keep thinking about Kristin’s journey. There a beautiful quotes throughout the book. Her description totally takes you there, which was strange while I was reading it on the beach! It is emotional, inspirational, educational about a world I know nothing about and empowering for women. As a mom of three girls I am glad there are women like Kristin out there to pave the way.
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  • Courtney
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely loved this book. She’s a great writer, an inspirational person, and lives an interesting life. I know this book just came out, but I can’t wait for her to write more!
  • Jacqueline Francis
    January 1, 1970
    EXCEPTIONAL memoir. The author does a fantastic job with her storytelling and kept me hooked the entire time. I was absolutely fascinated with her journey and didn’t want the story to end. I look forward to future books about her adventures! I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Andrea
    January 1, 1970
    Incredible story of a woman learning to survive on her own grit and determination along with learning about herself from relationships with her sled dogs and other humans. Also a great description of life in rural Alaska.
  • Kathleen
    January 1, 1970
    This book is multifaceted. You will get the vicarious thrill of running sled dog races in all of its death defying glory and the history of what led Kristin to do so in the first place: her early life, her loves, and her life and work in the wilderness. She has had a most interesting life thus far and I'm so happy she let us in for a glimpse of it. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking to learn more about how people survive in the cold wilderness that is Alaska or who love dogs or This book is multifaceted. You will get the vicarious thrill of running sled dog races in all of its death defying glory and the history of what led Kristin to do so in the first place: her early life, her loves, and her life and work in the wilderness. She has had a most interesting life thus far and I'm so happy she let us in for a glimpse of it. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking to learn more about how people survive in the cold wilderness that is Alaska or who love dogs or who like a beautiful love story.(I received this in a goodreads giveaway.)
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  • Kristi Morris
    January 1, 1970
    Check out this review and others at thebabblingbookblog.com!I received This Much Country by Kristin Knight Pace through a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for my honest review. This Much Country is a memoir of Kristin’s journey as not only one of thirty seven women in the world to complete the Yukon Quest and Iditarod sled dog races, but also of heartbreak, courage, adventure and really finding your place in this world. Kristin begins with leading us on a roller coaster journey of meeting her husb Check out this review and others at thebabblingbookblog.com!I received This Much Country by Kristin Knight Pace through a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for my honest review. This Much Country is a memoir of Kristin’s journey as not only one of thirty seven women in the world to complete the Yukon Quest and Iditarod sled dog races, but also of heartbreak, courage, adventure and really finding your place in this world. Kristin begins with leading us on a roller coaster journey of meeting her husband as a teenager on the internet, moving to Montana with him after meeting in person and eventually marrying a man she felt was her soulmate. His undying devotion, unfortunately, fizzled out after a few years of marriage when he asked for a divorce. This leaves her with the world and her dogs at her feet. At least once she picks herself up from the emotional puddle. The fear and devastation come through the pages but not as much as her courage to do the unthinkable. She moves to Alaska to house sit at a sled dog kennel for the winter. No small feat, to say the least, but she does it. While there, Kristin really learns her love of Alaskan life, mainly the sled dog racing life. She is soon encouraged to train her own dogs and eventually her heart lightens and opens again. I guess really there is not much time for self loathing when there are dogs to tend to and hauling your own water to a cabin that has none. While there, she meets her now husband Andy who also moved to the wilderness to escape a terrible heartbreak and together they find joy and a common passion in sled dog racing. Kristin is mentored by veterans and proceeds to complete the Yukon Quest in 2015 and the Iditarod in 2016. The grit and fire that comes through the pages of her journey on these races is awe inspiring. I am a self proclaimed tough chick and I would have crumbled after living there a month. If you are looking for an empowering tale to encourage you to blaze your own path and realize your own potential then this is the book for you. It reads like stories over a campfire and envelopes you in it’s humor, charm and opens your eyes to a world we rarely see. The author’s love of nature is displayed delightfully in her words, weather it is describing the breath coming from her dog’s snout or the unforgiving bitterness of Alaska winters, you as the reader are immersed in her world. One of the best memoirs I have read in a very long time. Check it out and let me know what you think! Happy reading bookworms!
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  • AliceAnn
    January 1, 1970
    I'm so glad I saw this on Steve Donohue's channel. I'm pretty sure it was one of his TBR-BY's. Otherwise I never would have heard of this gem. This book isn't entirely outside my wheelhouse, because I do gravitate towards animal books, and remember reading the dog mystery stories written by Sue Henry, set in Alaska, which I enjoyed. However, I rarely read nonfiction, and the memoirs I have read have pretty much all been about actors and actresses. This book is a heartwarming memoir about a woman I'm so glad I saw this on Steve Donohue's channel. I'm pretty sure it was one of his TBR-BY's. Otherwise I never would have heard of this gem. This book isn't entirely outside my wheelhouse, because I do gravitate towards animal books, and remember reading the dog mystery stories written by Sue Henry, set in Alaska, which I enjoyed. However, I rarely read nonfiction, and the memoirs I have read have pretty much all been about actors and actresses. This book is a heartwarming memoir about a woman who suffered heartbreak and loss, but also discovered how powerful she could be when she believed in herself. Her descriptions of Alaska are beautiful and vivid. My favorite parts were about her becoming a dog musher, and her becoming one with her pack. I both laughed and cried while reading this, and feel that this will stick with me for quite awhile. Would highly recommend to people looking for books about Alaska, and competing in long-distance dog sled races.
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  • Everydayreader1
    January 1, 1970
    Kristin Knight Pace graduated from high school and set out on the adventure of a lifetime, culminating in both the Yukon Quest and the Iditarod sled dog races. She tells her story, falling in love with a man she met on the Internet, moving to Montana, and then to Alaska. She shares her personal heartbreaks and triumphs and the magical and primal beauty of Alaska, its people and its topography.The descriptions in this book are beautifully written. As I read, I could see the mountains, rivers, and Kristin Knight Pace graduated from high school and set out on the adventure of a lifetime, culminating in both the Yukon Quest and the Iditarod sled dog races. She tells her story, falling in love with a man she met on the Internet, moving to Montana, and then to Alaska. She shares her personal heartbreaks and triumphs and the magical and primal beauty of Alaska, its people and its topography.The descriptions in this book are beautifully written. As I read, I could see the mountains, rivers, and the splendor of the land in my mind's eye, as if seeing a picture. Kristin's love for her dogs and the land beckoned me on as I read. I was enthralled by the lifestyle and solitude of the wilderness. The dichotomy of Alaska became clear as I read--the beauty and awesome expanse--and the force of nature that takes skill to survive.
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  • Diana Mack
    January 1, 1970
    Kristen is a free spirit who marries an American Indian that she met on the internet. after that marriage falls apart she moves to Alaska to take care of a cabin and some sled dogs while she contemplates her next move.she has always been an outside, daring kind of girl and falls in love with Alaska, the dogs and dog sledding. she meets a like minded soul, they marry and they begin their own sled dog kennel. the dream moves on to the Iditarod and the Yukon quest; 1000 mile dog sledding racesI am Kristen is a free spirit who marries an American Indian that she met on the internet. after that marriage falls apart she moves to Alaska to take care of a cabin and some sled dogs while she contemplates her next move.she has always been an outside, daring kind of girl and falls in love with Alaska, the dogs and dog sledding. she meets a like minded soul, they marry and they begin their own sled dog kennel. the dream moves on to the Iditarod and the Yukon quest; 1000 mile dog sledding racesI am fascinated by the Iditarod and have read many books on the subject. her experiences are jaw dropping and at times just plain nuts. she talks of meeting some of the iditarod greats ..lance mackey for one.I am not a cold loving girl so I just shivered thru this book. great reading of an adventure I will probably never do
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  • Rhonda Lomazow
    January 1, 1970
    Kristen has written an honest raw real look at her life her marriage & then the heartbreak of divorce.Alaska has always been fascinating to me the life she led loving isolated in a cabin in the wilderness falling in love with the dogs. She wil run the Iditarod and other races fall in love with the dogs and fall in love again with Andy,This is a lyrically written memoir a wonderful young woman a book I highly recommend.Thanks @goodreads for my free copy.
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  • Sandi
    January 1, 1970
    This is a good book about a woman who went through this adventure of mushing in Alaska many emotions divorce and all that goes on with that. She tells the story of being only woman to complete the Idarod
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