The Journal of Best Practices by David Finch
A Memoir of Marriage, Asperger Syndrome, and One Man's Quest to Be a Better Husband

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Lots of men need to learn the lessons in this book and lots of wives would appreciate it if they did.
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The warm and hilarious bestselling memoir by a man diagnosed with Asperger syndrome who sets out to save his marriage.

At some point in nearly every marriage, a wife finds herself asking, What the @#!% is wrong with my husband?! In David Finch’s case, this turns out to be an apt question. Five years after he married Kristen, the love of his life, they learn that he has Asperger syndrome. The diagnosis explains David’s ever-growing list of quirks and compulsions, but it doesn’t make him any easier to live with.

Determined to change, David sets out to understand Asperger syndrome and learn to be a better husband with an endearing yet hilarious zeal. His methods for improving his marriage involve excessive note-taking, performance reviews, and most of all, the Journal of Best Practices: a collection of hundreds of maxims and hard-won epiphanies, including “Don’t change the radio station when she’s singing along” and “Apologies do not count when you shout them.” Over the course of two years, David transforms himself from the world’s most trying husband to the husband who tries the hardest. He becomes the husband he’d always meant to be.

Filled with humor and surprising wisdom, The Journal of Best Practices is a candid story of ruthless self-improvement, a unique window into living with an autism spectrum condition, and proof that a true heart can conquer all.
 

About David Finch

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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.
 
Published January 3, 2012 by Scribner. 242 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Parenting & Relationships, Self Help. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Good
on Oct 18 2011

With an alternately comical and starkly painful voice, Finch uses these...moments of epiphany to explore the inroads of emotional intimacy. Funny, moving and insightful.

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Zimbio

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Reviewed by Dale Sadler on Jan 14 2013

Lots of men need to learn the lessons in this book and lots of wives would appreciate it if they did.

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Scientific American

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Reviewed by Jordan Lite on Feb 17 2012

Forget a scarlet A for Asperger. Finch has earned an A for effort, and he should wear it proudly.

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Roanoke Valley Woman

Excellent
Reviewed by Terri Schlichenmeyer on Apr 20 2012

I loved this earnestly sweet, delightful book and I think you will, too. If you’ve ever fallen for someone who’s less-than-perfect, “The Journal of Best Practices” may be one of the best books you’ve ever read.

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