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A textbook to a discipline that doesn't exist. Think Strunk & White, only exploring an invented side of quantum mechanics instead of grammar. The story of Tara and her family travels the length of the book, applying the strange and sharp rules of a field designed to understand what can't be understood.

The universe is expanding. Tragedy strikes and Tara sets out on her own.
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Paperback, 164 pages
Published February 28th 2013 by Aqueous Books (first published February 1st 2013)
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Mel Bosworth
Mar 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Brian Mihok's The Quantum Manual of Style is about how to exist, how to laugh at existence, how to exist as a friend, a family member, a person moving through the universe, bumping and loving and learning. It’s full of examples, too, anecdotes, a steady and subtle 2nd person narrative about ever-shifting family dynamics, searches. It’s equal parts thoughtful, sad, funny. Well, there’s maybe a little more funny than the other two. But it’s a thoughtful funny, and sometimes a sad funny, so, you kn ...more
Tracy
Jul 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Brian balances the tightrope of humor and heartbreak, surprising the reader with instructions loosely linked to Tara’s story. I can now measure the immeasurable.

Holy crap, just read this:

“Search for home and prepare for disappointment when you find it.” (140)

and this:

“You got a job at a dinner and that was as painful a place as any in town. It worked for a while. Then a tinge of easiness made its way into your routine and you quit.” (66)

Brian’s book is cohesive while dancing between many voices.
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Joe
Jul 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, textbooks, poetry
The other reviews have already nailed it: funny, sad, and containing real insight RE: family dynamics. Premise-y books often run out of steam half way through; the form they're troping on can simply become white noise to straggle through to get back to the story that is emerging between the cracks of that form. There's no white noise here. I'd include some quotes but this was read aloud to me while driving through Arkansas. ...more
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Dec 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing


Brilliant, hilarious, and moving
Justin
Mar 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
A unique novel that imagines itself as a style guide for life based on the principles quantum mechanics. Some of the more esoteric stuff (the chapters on coding, for example) went over my head, but the definitions are funny and the narrative that's parceled out amid the style guide is deeply affecting. ...more
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I will collate my thoughts on this book soon. It is a very good book. Stay tuned.
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