Dust to Dust (Digital Audiobook)
Publication Date: March 10, 2016
Other Editions of This Title:
Compact Disc (4/3/2018)
April 2012 Indie Next List
“In this powerful memoir, Busch muses on life both concrete and abstract. He traces his life - as a boy, a marine, a son, a father, an actor - through a prism of materials: stone, ash, water, blood, and bone. Each chapter is a different view into the same life, taking us deeper and deeper, letting us up to breathe, then pulling us back down to the heart of things. No matter if he's rebuilding a farmhouse in Michigan or training marines in North Carolina, Busch focuses completely on the moment and takes us there, and then connects us back to the wide world. A book to savor, to appreciate, and to be changed by.”
— Kate Reynolds, Colgate Bookstore, Hamilton, NY
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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 the Author
BENJAMIN BUSCH is an actor, writer, filmmaker, and photographer. After graduation from Vassar College, where he majored in Studio Arts, he served 16 years as an infantry and light armored reconnaissance officer in the United States Marine Corps, deploying to Iraq in 2003 and again in 2005 where he was wounded in the battle for Ramadi. He is writer/director of the award winning films Sympathetic Details and BRIGHT and was an actor and military consultant on the HBO mini-series, Generation Kill. He also portrayed Officer Colicchio for three seasons in the HBO series The Wire. He has three traveling exhibitions of photography and a forthcoming book of selected images. He is the author of the acclaimed memoir, Dust to Dust (Ecco), winner of the Debut-litzer Prize, GLCA Award for Creative Nonfiction and Michigan Notable Book Award. His essays have arrived in Harper's, The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, The Daily Beast and NPR's All Things Considered. His work has been featured in Best American Travel Writing, notable in Best American Essays and nominated for the Pushcart Prize and a National Magazine Award. He is the winner of the James Dickey and Laurence Goldstein Prizes for poetry and his poems have appeared in North American Review, Prairie Schooner, Five Points, The Florida Review, Epiphany, Oberon, Nimrod and Michigan Quarterly Review among others. He teaches independent writing workshops across the country as well as college, university and high school visiting writer events and participates in veteran programs such as Words After War, Theater of War and Talking Service. He teaches nonfiction in the low-residency MFA in Creative Writing program at Sierra Nevada College, Tahoe and lives on a farm in Michigan where he is a stonemason by day and an illustrator at night.