Implosion: Memoir of an Architect's Daughter

Implosion: Memoir of an Architect's Daughter

by Elizabeth W. Garber


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ISBN-13: 9781631523519
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 06/12/2018
Pages: 360
Sales rank: 840,418
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth W. Garber is the author of three books of poetry, True Affections: Poems from a Small Town (2012), Listening Inside the Dance (2005), and Pierced by the Seasons (2004). Three of her poems have been read on NPR by Garrison Keillor on The Writer’s Almanac, and her poem “Feasting” was included in his Good Poems for Hard Times. She was awarded writing fellowships at Virginia Center for Creative Arts and Jentel Artist Residency Program in Wyoming.

Garber studied Greek Epic in the Mythology and Folklore Department at Harvard, received a BA from Johns Hopkins, a MFA in creative non-fiction from University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast Masters Program, and a master’s in acupuncture from the Traditional Acupuncture Institute. She has maintained a private practice as an acupuncturist for over thirty years in mid-coast Maine, where she raised her family. Visit her at

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Architect's Daughter 1959 1

The Mirror Glass House 1965 11

The Tower 1967 27

Villa Savoye 1967 41

Riots 1967 59

Monday Night 1968 73

Racing Cars and Wine 1968 85

Summer of '68 98

Amnesia 1969 115

Summer of '69 121

The Hippie 1969 137

Intensive Care 1969 151

First Love 1970 161

Mirror Glass 1970 177

Under Siege 1970 187

Graduation 1971 193

The Ship 1971-72 203

Pressure Cooker 1972 225

Le Corbusier 1973 241

Jaguar 1973-75 251

Odysseus's Daughter 1975-76 260

Parker Street 1976 272

California 1980s 292

Last Words 1994 306

Implosion 1991 317

Epilogue: Nantucket 2011 325

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Implosion: Memoir of an Architect's Daughter 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
bookwomen37 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this memoir. The author recounts her life growing up during turbulent times with an abusive farther in a glass house. Her father was a modern architect who embraced modernism while still holding on to his Victorian upbringing. The author struggles with admiring her father and his work and hating his descent into madness. Sander Hall, a building he designed for Univ of Cincinnati that was ultimately destroyed serves as a powerful metaphor for their family life. The book is very well written and will leave a lasting impression. I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My rating is somewhere between below average and good. I would call this a fair book. There are several memoirs/documentaries written by children of architects and this one is mediocre by comparison. The book had several typos and anachronisms like "awesome" used to describe something in the seventies. Sorry, but I'm a stickler about those things. That said, Woodie Garber was a driven man and architect best known for his work in the Cincinnati area for a dorm he designed there. Growing up under his egoistic tutelage must have been difficult, but then we are presented with several instances of upper middle class privilege which made it difficult for me to feel sympathetic. Yes, the author survived a dysfunctional childhood, but on the scale of emotional trauma this feels like a "poor little white girl woe is me" tale.