Dust to Dust

Iraq War veteran Benjamin Busch reflects on a childhood spent roaming rural New York and how that pastoral upbringing led to a career in the US Marine Corps where he witnessed violence and death during two combat tours at the height of sectarian violence. Like the work of Tim O'Brien and Karl Marlantes, this book is a moving account of confronting mortality framed in elemental chapters: water, metal, blood, bone.

April 21: " 'Pull' includes 'invitations to tea' at which one hears smiling reminders that a better life is available to people who stop talking about massacres..."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…