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Kate Shanley Shanley itibaren Budhua, Bihar 824202, Hindistan itibaren Budhua, Bihar 824202, Hindistan

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Kate Shanley Shanley itibaren Budhua, Bihar 824202, Hindistan

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Before I say anything about this book, here are some snippets of the back-cover praise: "This pathbreaking book... clever and funny..." (Robinson), "Interesting and unusual, this is an econometrics book with attitude" (Imbens), "A well-written and very quirky take on econometric practice" (Ashenfelter). Um, did these people read the same book I just read? Quirky? Attitude? Where? The only quirky thing about this book is that the authors stick a Douglas Adams quote from the Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy at the beginning of each chapter with an accompanying illustration. And they throw in a colloquial phrase here and there. The "funny" is totally lost on me. This book is basically a straight-up abridged econometrics textbook. Taking it for what it is (I suppose I can't blame the authors for a marketing strategy gone wrong...), I thought it was a very good econometrics guide. Each concept was explained very clearly and in depth, and the book helped get at the intuition behind each concept. I thought the examples were great, and I appreciated the thoughtful discussions about the limitations of each method and disagreements that exist in this field. I read most of it alongside a course I was taking, and I highly recommend it for this purpose, or for someone already familiar with the topics and trying to solidify their understanding of them. (Just don't expect a funny, unusual, very quirky book with attitude!)

kateshanley

Eh... Yes, it's a good book. Yes, it's great to have a popular book out there written from the point of view of an autistic child. Amusingly, it was both worrying and reassuring - I spent a lot of it thinking "wait... that's not "normal"?" and an equal amount thinking "nah, I'm not that far on the spectrum". But then, maybe the fact that I internalised it so much means I'm further than I want to admit ;) I did like the resolution - it just felt a bit crammed in there. From a seemingly-unresolvable situation to resolution seemed to happen at a much faster pace than the rest of the novel. That's a minor thing though - on the whole, a refreshing, touching book that I absolutely raced through.

kateshanley

Poor James--his mother is in the advanced stages of dementia, a point she had never planned to reach having suggested to him several years earlier that she was going to commit suicide before it reached this point. He talked her out of it. Now he's come back to Buffalo for Thanksgiving and is struggling with the guilt of that, trying to decide whether or not he can commit euthanasia, dealing with his father, and trying to grow up (none too successfully). The book paints a very vivid picture of Buffalo and many of the characters are very well done (although a sister and her lover are never fully developed). The ending does not tie up all the loose ends which is very appropriate here.