Dust to Dust by Benjamin Busch
A Memoir

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It’s a worthwhile read, even if somewhat unsatisfying.


“A wonderful book, original in concept and stunningly written.”
—Ward Just

“Elegiac, funny, wistful, deep, and wonderfully human, Dust to Dust moved me to laughter and tears, sometimes simultaneously.”
—Karl Marlantes, bestselling author of Matterhorn and What It Is Like to Go to War

Tim O’Brien meets Annie Dillard in this remarkable memoir by debut author Benjamin Busch. Much more than a war memoir, Dust to Dust brilliantly explores the passage through a lifetime—a moving meditation on life and death, the adventures of childhood and revelations of adulthood. Seemingly ordinary things take on a breathtaking radiance when examined by this decorated Marine officer—veteran of two combat tours in Iraq—actor on the hit HBO series The Wire, and son of acclaimed novelist Frederick Busch. Above all, Benjamin Busch is a truly extraordinary new literary talent as evidenced by his exemplary debut, Dust to Dust—an original, emotionally powerful, and surprisingly refreshing take on an American soldier’s story.


About Benjamin Busch

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Benjamin Busch was born in Manhattan in 1968 and grew up in rural New York State. He in an actor, photographer, film director, and a United States Marine Corps Infantry Officer who served two tours of combat duty 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. He has written for Harper's, been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and has been a guest commentator on NPR's All Things Considered. He lives on a farm in Michigan with his wife and two daughters. This is his first book.
Published March 20, 2012 by Ecco. 325 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, War, History, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Elizabeth D. Samet on Apr 13 2012

The descriptions of boyhood adventure also serve to introduce what Busch calls “a fascination with damage.”

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Reviewed by Vinton Rafe McCabe Vinton Rafe McCabe on Apr 13 2017

In a world with so damned many books in it, Dust to Dust is one worth noting. Worth reading and rereading. Worth keeping and giving away.

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Reviewed by Lee Coppola on Apr 01 2012

It’s a worthwhile read, even if somewhat unsatisfying.

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Reviewed by Christina Zawadiwsky on Apr 16 2012

Dust To Dust is a magnificent and poetic memoir, made so by the author’s intensely personal and well-written accounts of his life experiences.

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