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.
|Publisher:||Grand Central Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)|
About the Author
Kristin Knight Pace was born in Fort Worth, TX and graduated with honors from The University of Montana with a degree in photojournalism. After writing for several newspapers and magazines, she left the publishing world to lead a life worth writing about one of adventure. In 2009, she took to the road with her two dogs and drove north to Denali National Park, where her quiet life revolved around the nurturing of 10 dogs and the maintenance of a remote cabin. What was supposed to be a five-month stay turned into years on end, and now she has found and married the love of her life, become the Lead Backcountry Ranger for Denali National Park, and realized her dream of running dogs through the wilderness of Alaska. Kristin finished the 2015 Yukon Quest and the 2016 Iditarod.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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
You can never go wrong with a memoir that is about a woman finding her way in this world in the most unusual place with dogs! This was a quick read for myself that had me flipping the pages just to see what will happen next for Kristin. You get the heartache that Kristen went through in her first marriage that lead her to the place that she would finally find her happy ending. Just reading about how she survived that first winter in Alaska made myself remember the time that I lived in North Dakota and could truly relate to her saying that there is a temperature below freezing that isn't so bad but knowing what just a couple of degrees can mean as well. I think the whole finding herself while running a sled dog kennel was cool in the sense that Kristen discovered how tough she really is while finding love all at the same time. If anything, this is a great book for anyone who loves dogs and loves to read about a person who finds their way in this world that starts with heartache and leads to a happy ending! Thank You to Kristin Knight Pace for sharing your story with the world! I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from the Publisher!