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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.
It's okay--but dull. I expected better. I didn't bother to finish the book.Published 24 days ago by Michael J. Myers
This is definitely a guy book... I didn't finish it because it didn't hold my interest... Fascinating as a memoir but a guy would have had more fun reading it...Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I've read this book twice before and only just finished it for the third time. This is a lyrical, powerful document, wonderfully written, completely heartfelt. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Vinton Rafe McCabe
This book is lucid, bare-knuckled, and big-hearted. Busch's prose is always intense and it plenty often knocked the wind out of me. Read morePublished 9 months ago by JMauk
I guess I am in the minority on this one, but there are those that feel the same, a dull read. I got to about the halfway point and just gave up. Read morePublished 11 months ago by E. Rylant
Very well written, interesting. I found the chronology format a little confusing at times; sometimes wondering if Busch was describing a current location, or one from his... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
Dust to Dust
You may know Benjamin Busch as an actor on The Wire and other television programs and movies. Read more