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The Journal of Best Practices: A Memoir of Marriage, Asperger Syndrome, and One Man's Quest to Be a Better Husband Paperback – October 9, 2012
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“In relating his story, Finch is compellingly honest, a trait that works well with his self-deprecating humor. [His] ability to put his experiences on paper will no doubt help more people—and families—understand [Asperger’s disorder]. “
“In this funny, endearing, lesson-packed memoir, Finch shows what a couple
can accomplish with acceptance, forbearance, determination and love.”
— More Magazine
“As a science writer who’s written about the psychology of love and affection, I was struck by the clarity and honesty that illuminate this work. Finch provides a clear and unflinching look at the ways that this disorder leaves a person struggling to navigate through the complexities of our “neurotypical” social world. But he tells his story with humor, affection for others, and without self-pity. In his deep desire to be a good husband, a better father, a decent human being who connects with and care for others, Finch tells a universal tale, a fulfilling and even inspiring story of the difference that love – genuinely giving love - can make in our daily lives.”
--Deborah Blum, author of The Poisoner’s Handbook
About the Author
David Finch grew up on a farm in northern Illinois and attended the University of Miami, where he studied Music Engineering Technology. In 2008 he was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome. His essay, “Somewhere Inside, a Path to Empathy” appeared in The New York Times and became the basis for this book. David lives in northern Illinois with his wife Kristen and two children and is still a total nerd.
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I think that David did an excellent job of giving an inside view of what living with a spectrum diagnosis, is really like. Past that, I think he did an excellent job of discussing ways that anyone can create a stronger marriage, regardless of whether a diagnosis is present. I am impressed with the way he handled receiving a diagnosis, as it isn't always easy to handle. The fact that he thought it was kind of cool, warmed my heart. I hope to read more from him!
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I found this book to be a very worthwhile read. It is engaging, honest and funny. It definitely gave me new insight and my husband is even interested in giving it a read. This is one I'll likely pick up again and again!
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It's mostly a funny read, and is not something that will provide any guideline or anything deep.
i.e. the "journal of best practices" isn't going to give you a list of things to do, but it it inspirational nonetheless.
I'd love to know if this was co-written or written solely by the husband.
This is not just a great story but beautiful reference.
Getting an insider view of very different ways the brain handles life experiences makes the journey to self and other-understanding/acceptance easier (and I'm not just referring to those with Aspergers!).
Love the analogies, wit, metaphors and humor that make for enjoyable reading. Plus, many thoughtful insights that made me stop to reflect (and laugh!) in the wonder of all that makes us different.