Dust to Dust, A Memoir (Ecco 26.99) The April Indie Next Pick for our May 22 event: “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.”
Patrick and Barbara are big fans of his father Frederick’s novels
Benjamin Busch was born in Manhattan in 1968 and grew up in rural New York State. He is an actor, a photographer, a film director, and a U.S. Marine Corps infantry officer who served two combat tours 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.” His writing has been featured in Harper’s and has been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He has also been a guest commentator on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” He lives on a farm in Michigan with his wife and two daughters.