Dust to Dust: A Memoir

Dust to Dust: A Memoir

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by Benjamin Busch
     
 

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“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

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“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.

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Editorial Reviews

Hour Detroit magazine
“A meditation on the literal and figurative borders of life—country to country, river to lake, soil to dust, wood to ash, life to death, blood to bones, child to man—[that] explores the wonders of the natural world and our solitary lives within it.”
Karl Marlantes
“Elegiac, funny, wistful, deep, and wonderfully human, Dust to Dust moved me to laughter and tears, sometimes simultaneously. . . . After reading this book, you will want to go outside and really look at our world.”
Ward Just
Dust to Dust is a wonderful book, original in concept and stunningly written, a soldier’s memoir that is about soldiering and much else besides. The last two dozen pages are a tour de force, a breathtaking meditation on loss and remembrance, dust to dust.”
Doug Stanton
“Busch is a brilliant prose stylist for whom every pause counts, a man of three worlds—the heart, the mind, the earth. Dust to Dust is a stunning literary work about this mysterious trinity, and a return to home.”
Mary Karr
“This brave soldier with his singular sensibility . . . builds us a fort we’re loath to leave.”
Bonnie Jo Campbell
“Busch is a poet with the soul of a civil engineer, and for as long as his body sustains him, he is the perfect soldier. I loved every page of this mesmerizing book.”
Philip Caputo
“An imaginative, original meditation on mortality that reaches beyond the particulars of the Iraq war and the present day to grasp the universal. It is a literary gem.”
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“[A] must-read memoir.”
Newark Star Ledger
“A beautiful and powerful meditation on combat, profound loss, and mortality.”
Wisconsin State Journal
“An invigorating and moving take on the war memoir.”
Huffington Post
“A beautiful meditation on war, loss, and the larger questions of life and death.”
Baltimore City Paper
“[Busch] writes with the precision of a stonemason, the courage of a combat veteran, and the inquisitiveness of an artist. . . . A haunting meditation on time, memory, and death.”
Hour Detroit Magazine
"A meditation on the literal and figurative borders of life—country to country, river to lake, soil to dust, wood to ash, life to death, blood to bones, child to man—[that] explores the wonders of the natural world and our solitary lives within it."
New York Journal of Books
“Extraordinary. . . . It is impossible to read any part of this work and not be moved. . . . [Dust to Dust] is one to be savored. Don’t fail to read it.”
New Yorker
“[Busch’s] portrayal of the war in Iraq is unsentimental and immediate.”
Men's Journal
“Essential Iraq War reading. . . . The conflict between Busch’s pacifist upbringing and his evolution into a decorated Marine rests at the heart of this fine memoir.”
Seattle Times
“Beautifully written. . . . Captivating. . . . It’s fascinating to journey through [these] literary landscapes as time passes, swirls back, and eddies like a stream before flowing away.”
Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Busch writes with eloquence about his tours of combat in Iraq, and seamlessly blends the human and natural characteristics of war.”
Buffalo News
“Intriguing. . . . A worthwhile read.”
New York Times Book Review
Dust to Dust is not a typical contemporary war memoir. . . . It partakes of the pastoral strain associated with World War I trench-poets like Edmund Blunden and Edward Thomas.”
Salon.com
“A remarkable book—part military memoir, part childhood reminiscence. . . . Busch is filled with complicated and fascinating contradictions.”
The SunBreak
Dust to Dust is startlingly good.”
Library Journal
Son of novelist Frederick Busch, decorated marine, and an actor (he was a cop on The Wire), Busch has a life story richer than most. This memoir, with chapters framed by basics like water and metal, blood and bone, considers how we don't put away childish things. At first glance literate and meditative, with some publicity muscle and a 75,000-copy first printing; I'm rooting for it.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062096784
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/20/2012
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
609,013
File size:
9 MB

What People are saying about this

Ward Just

Dust to Dust is a wonderful book, original in concept and stunningly written, a soldier’s memoir that is about soldiering and much else besides. The last two dozen pages are a tour de force, a breathtaking meditation on loss and remembrance, dust to dust.”

Philip Caputo

“An imaginative, original meditation on mortality that reaches beyond the particulars of the Iraq war and the present day to grasp the universal. It is a literary gem.”

Mary Karr

“This brave soldier with his singular sensibility . . . builds us a fort we’re loath to leave.”

Doug Stanton

“Busch is a brilliant prose stylist for whom every pause counts, a man of three worlds—the heart, the mind, the earth. Dust to Dust is a stunning literary work about this mysterious trinity, and a return to home.”

Karl Marlantes

“Elegiac, funny, wistful, deep, and wonderfully human, Dust to Dust moved me to laughter and tears, sometimes simultaneously. . . . After reading this book, you will want to go outside and really look at our world.”

Bonnie Jo Campbell

“Busch is a poet with the soul of a civil engineer, and for as long as his body sustains him, he is the perfect soldier. I loved every page of this mesmerizing book.”

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