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My own father was an artist and could be tough to live with, but otherwise was totally different. Garber's love for her father and for his profession shines throughout despite the subtle but mounting clues to readers that led to his implosion. Her life is totally captivating and unique, as well as obsessively controlled and abusive. I was intrigued with the whole family dynamic and how she, each brother, and her mother experienced and moved beyond the tyranny and demise of the empirical head of household.

Their survival, entwined with the descriptions of modern architecture and it's own survival or demise, were both riveting in an era of great American upheaval. An extra treat was Skyping with Elizabeth Garber from our classroom. Her answers to each student's questions about writing in general and her research and process through publishing were thorough and very helpful.

I highly recommend this book. It is multi-faceted in topics, exceptionally and beautifully written. Who lives in a glass house? If you've ever wondered A complicated answer, at that. One that Garber delves into from many different angles. If you believe family systems are nearly always troubled and dysfunctional Sometimes by learning what others have endured and experienced we can understand our own lives Well-written with a warm and convincing style, I gave this book five stars because the memoir is so well structured, and because it's unusually profound in understated ways.

One person found this helpful. Well written, insightful, compassionate, beautiful prose. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. The story is set against the backdrop of the turbulent 60s in Cincinnati and explores the impact this tumultuous time has on this family. Garber skillfully reveals the complexities of this man through the eyes of a young girl who is in awe of his knowledge of modern architecture, his accomplishments as an architect and his love of teaching. As a reader, I was a little stymied in the beginning by the technical language but the further I got into the story, the more I appreciated the intricacies associated with his thought process which serves as a trigger for his subsequent mental illness and abuse.

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This is a multilayered story about a man who quickly rose to fame with his radical beliefs about modernism but then became a victim of major social change. We see this brilliant man unraveling and embattling himself against his wife and two children. His rules included no boundaries and no questioning the rules. A well-written and engaging story that not only sheds a light on modernism but also shows how the love between a father and daughter can endure even through the challenges caused by mental illness and abuse.

I was riveted by the book from the very start. I felt drawn in to the world of young Elizabeth as a child on the beach with her dad, and just fascinated by the twists and turns of her life in one of the first modern houses of her neighborhood, through her teens in the upheaval of the 60s, and her adulthood surviving the tyranny and genius of her father.

This is a compassionate look at a complicated family, and those of us who come from complicated families will enjoy knowing we're not alone. Garber's prose is beautiful, and I appreciated taking this journey through her eyes! When I finished reading the final page of Implosion and closed the book and sat and felt the impact, my first thought was of Greek tragedy. The drama of Garber and her father, the drama of this family, felt that intense, that complex, that large, that important.

I am not usually a memoir reader.

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I read novels, poetry, philosophy. I have no patience for mediocre writing. Elizabeth Garber is good: Her writing is clear and clean, her thinking is complex and mature, and she can tell a story. I often felt as if I were reading a good novel as event followed event. As a retired psychotherapist I was impressed. Garber reaches around the whole thorny terrible beautiful and ultimately tragic reality of her big, brilliant, mentally ill, and psychologically blind architect father and embraces the entire reality.

She does not spare herself, calmly and carefully telling of her own complicated responses to being this man's daughter. Nothing is over-dramatized, nothing is, it would seem, glossed over. This is not a story about the most extreme and obvious forms of abuse and victimization. It is a story about powerful subtle insidious family experiences that can be similarly challenging and often more confusing, especially when mixed with so much that is grounded in beauty and creativity in a family life seemingly meant to be altogether extraordinary.

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Everyday Celebration of Love Poet: Through kisses, hugs and daily talks, Nothing can make me stay away.

Poem For Your Thoughts: Your Memories Of Love, Captured In Poetry

But it is nice to have one day, When only our love is on the mind. A time to share our feelings of love, While our fingers intertwine. But one thing never changes, My love for you, I cannot ignore. There are days I feel this is too much, And I don't know what to do.

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But let's face it, who are we kidding, I want nothing else but you! No Life Before You Poet: Your smiles, hugs and goofy looks, You make me happier than I have ever known. Life before you must have been very dull, I don't remember much before you came along. My life never mean't very much to me, You have given me purpose, I now belong. All I Ever Need Poet: A loving partner to come home to each day, A wonderful marital bliss. Blessed am I who received this gift, Bless am I indeed.

Help me to share my gratefulness, You my love are all I ever need. You are more than I have ever deserved, I cannot even comprehend. I love you more than I probably share, May you understand and see this truth. I always have and always will, Now in my prime, started in my youth. When I am with you My world is so bright I feel like nothing more is due You bring sunshine and light. Together we are, together we will stay Nothing will break our promise of love Forever and forever and another day Our love will continue in heaven above. Describe That Feeling Poet: But now the years have past And our love continues to grow stronger It has grown so very vast I'll love you forever and even longer.

Many Types of Love Poet: Higginsworth There are many types of love that abound: For our children that demonstrates our adoration.

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For our sisters and brothers, they are the special others. For our parents and their accomplishments. For our friends on them we can always depend. For our neighbor should never be a labor. For our wife is a big part of our life.

But above all is the love for God that all men are called. Like A Tree Poet: We sometimes face winds that are strong But you and I face them together all along. And our family is like the branches of the tree Most of the time happy but at times they disagree. And even as we age we continue to grow Just like each season even when it snows. We have learned how to bend With each storm that sends Challenges and disappointments That seem to have no end.

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But each year we find that our leaves they do bloom And our love for each is like the best perfume. Love and Friendship Poet: Emily Dickinson Love is like the wild rose-briar, Friendship like the holly-tree The holly is dark when the rose-briar blooms But which will bloom most constantly?