This Much Country

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.

Title:This Much Country
ISBN:9781538762400

    This Much Country Reviews

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    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 ...

  • Matt Pace

    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

    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...

  • Taylor Metcalfe

    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 ...

  • Kate (kate_reads_)

    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...

  • Dawn (Left Coast Reader)

    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 -...

  • Cassie Gutman (happybooklovers)

    ~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...

  • Laura Hoffman Brauman

    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 exqui...

  • Sharon

    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 lifest...

  • Kat

    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 do...