By Audrey Andrews | February 18th, 2021
This Much Country by Kristin Knight Pace was a wonderfully written memoir about sled dog racing and life in Alaska. Although I expected Pace to write about adventure, I did not expect her to be so brutally honest about difficult relationships and personal struggles. However, much of the book details Pace’s first marriage and divorce. The main story of the narrative is Pace’s personal life and feelings; her adventures are weaved into this. Of course, this makes the memoir much more interesting and relatable.
I first heard about Pace on the Tough Girl Podcast. After listening to her interview, I added This Much Country to my be to-be-read list and recently picked up the title from my local library. Oftentimes, such memoirs will not be well thought-out or written, despite boasting excellent tales. Immediately, I was impressed with Pace’s diction and narrative capabilities. In the book, I learned that she’d written professionally before, specifically for magazines. No wonder the book is so good!
Between Pace’s life experience and writing skills, I suppose it would be difficult to write a boring memoir. After moving to Alaska, Pace completed both the Iditarod and the Yukon Quest, both over 1,000-mile sled dog races. For those who are unaware, these races take weeks to complete and take place in subzero temperatures. The training and dedication to the sled dogs required to safely complete the race is simply astounding. Pace’s spirit and determination are admirable and inspiring.
After reading Pace’s book, I’ve picked up another woman-authored memoir about Alaska. Just before, I read Kristin Hannah’s The Great Alone. Although I’ve yet to visit the state, it’s been on my list for a while. After reading these books, I am even more excited to one day visit Alaska.