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.
His style is lyrical and poetic; a very thoughtful book.
This man's story is ultimately the story of us all as we face the aftermaths of the deaths of loved ones and come to terms with our own fragility and mortality.
I read this book much slower than I normally would, wanting to savor every one of those moments.
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 1 month ago by Belle
Dust to Dust
You may know Benjamin Busch as an actor on The Wire and other television programs and movies. Read more
Great book!! Written by an x student of mine about our home town etc. Made me really feel at home. Gave me a lot of incite into the author as a child. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jerrine T. Smith
The book can get "wordy" at times, but the author wove interesting parallels to present his personal history and his attraction to all things if the earth. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Nancy
I cannot imagine why I purchased this book. It is hard to follow and is making no sense to me. Actually, I gave up on it, which is rare for me. Read morePublished 5 months ago by L. Reed
A relaxed brilliance frames a truly poignant - not overwrought or in the least overdone - memoir of life and love, creating wonderful juxtapositions and fascinating parallels... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Maddyland
Maybe it just wasn't a good time for me to read this, but it bored me pretty quickly. Nope. Sorry.Published 9 months ago by Lori Anderson