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Publisher's Summary

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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Kristin Knight Pace (P)2019 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Pace is candid about life in the frozen north, and her self-awareness makes this a worthy addition to the outdoor adventure genre." (Publisher's Weekly)

"A vibrant memoir of sled dog racing in the wilds of Alaska. Much of the memoir recounts Pace's training for and racing in the Yukon Quest and the Iditarod, both exhausting, exhilarating, and, as Pace depicts them, glorious feats. A buoyant evocation of a thrilling, hardscrabble life." (Kirkus)

"This Much Country is the next best thing to stepping on the runners of your own dogsled. A gorgeous, intimate story of wildness and belonging." (Blair Braverman, author of Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube)

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Enjoyed It!

really good, inspiring story ... I was drawn to it because of how much I loved The Great Alone

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Great writing, excellent story.

If you love personal stories that include a lot about dogs and the north, then you will love this book. Great writing and excellent story telling! I waffled between binging the entire book and pacing myself so it would last longer!

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What a great adventure!

I usually don’t like it when the author does the reading but Kristin is an exception: the emotions she felt when living this adventure come through in her reading of it (I cried right long with her when she read about Moose).

Some critics dinged her for some rookie stuff but I found it endearing.

Lastly, I cannot even imagine the hardship she (and Andy) endured running these events, unbelievable. Total awe and respect!

Great book, hope she writes another.

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eh

Decent story, but it was way to riddled with propaganda that is damaging to American society.

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excellent

loved this novel. I cried more than once, and I'm not a big crier. facinating tale, flowing language. money well spent on this audio book.

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Me or my best friend?

There were moments that I was there with Kristin and Alfred, as her silent best friend. There were moments I was in her skin, feeling the sled, petting that perfect fur, freezing yet warm with exhaustion and exhilaration. This book is exquisitely written: smart, witty, real, raw, honest. And down to earth, while inspiring a lift that you can only imagine…and then embrace as your own. For anyone who has dreamed of a life of adventure wrapped in truth, dreams turned to shit then gold, this is for you.

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A great armchair adventure

This Much Country is an adventure of life, love, and exploration. It is extremely well written and makes you feel as though you are along for the ride with Kristin throughout the book. Kudos to the author on such a great memoir.

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A bit too much strong language but educational and entertaining. Thanks for writing this book.

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An amazing story of an awesome life.

I truly loved this book. I always look for books written by other women about their adventures. This book did not disappoint. Highly recommend.

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Alaska with sled dogs.

This is a unique book about a young woman from Texas who moves to Alaska. This adventure offers insight into daily life in extreme temperatures, and highlights her joy of raising and running sled dogs.