Dust to Dust: A Memoir

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HarperCollins, Mar 20, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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Dust to Dust is an extraordinary memoir about ordinary things: life and death, peace and war, the adventures of childhood and the revelations of adulthood. Benjamin Busch—a decorated U.S. Marine Corps infantry officer who served two combat tours in Iraq, an actor on The Wire, and the son of celebrated novelist Frederick Busch—has crafted a lasting book to stand with the finest work of Tim O'Brien or Annie Dillard.

In elemental-themed chapters—water, metal, bone, blood—Busch weaves together a vivid record of a pastoral childhood in rural New York; Marine training in North Carolina, Ukraine, and California; and deployment during the worst of the war in Iraq, as seen firsthand. But this is much more than a war memoir. Busch writes with great poignancy about the resonance of a boyhood spent exploring rivers and woods, building forts, and testing the limits of safety. Most of all, he brings enormous emotional power to his reflections on mortality: in a helicopter going down; wounded by shrapnel in Ramadi; dealing with the sudden death of friends in combat and of parents back home.

Dust to Dust is an unforgettable meditation on life and loss, and how the curious children we were remain alive in us all.

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Moving. Beautiful writing. - Goodreads
Spare, beautiful prose I savored. - Goodreads
It was a kind of storytelling. - Goodreads
In fact, Vassar has ben co-educational since 1969.) - Goodreads
This is good writing. - Goodreads
Hats off to Busch for writing it. - Goodreads

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User Review  - J - Goodreads

Picked up this book because the author was coming to my local library for a reading. However, due to a schedule conflict, I wasn't ultimately able to attend the reading. I was excited that this was a ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kathryn - Goodreads

Summary: Benjamin Busch led a varied life, but death would have an effect on it. Why I Read This: The author recently came to our Library, and I read the book before I met him and attended his reading ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Benjamin Busch was born in Manhattan in 1968 and grew up in rural New York State. He is an actor, a photographer, a film director, and a U.S. Marine Corps infantry officer who served two combat tours in Iraq. He played the role of Officer Anthony Colicchio on the HBO series The Wire and has appeared on Homicide, The West Wing, and Generation Kill. His writing has been featured in Harper's and has been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He has also been a guest commentator on NPR's All Things Considered. He lives on a farm in Michigan with his wife and two daughters.

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