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

Author:   David Finch
Publisher:   Scribner Book Company
ISBN:  

9781439189719


Pages:   224
Publication Date:   03 January 2012
Format:   Hardback
Availability:   Awaiting stock   Availability explained


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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


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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, his lifelong propensity to quack and otherwise melt down in social exchanges, and his clinical-strength inflexibility. 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 no easy task for a guy whose inability to express himself rivals his two-year-old daughter s, who thinks his responsibility for laundry extends no further than throwing things in (or at) the hamper, and whose autism-spectrum condition makes seeing his wife s point of view a near impossibility. Nevertheless, David devotes himself to improving his marriage with an endearing yet hilarious zeal that involves excessive note-taking, performance reviews, and most of all, the Journal of Best Practices: a collection of hundreds of maxims and hard-won epiphanies that result from self-reflection both comic and painful. They include Don t change the radio station when she s singing along, Apologies do not count when you shout them, and Be her friend, first and always. Guided by the Journal of Best Practices, David transforms himself over the course of two years from the world s most trying husband to the husband who tries the hardest, 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.

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Author:   David Finch
Publisher:   Scribner Book Company
Imprint:   Scribner Book Company
Dimensions:   Width: 16.00cm , Height: 2.30cm , Length: 23.70cm
Weight:   0.390kg
ISBN:  

9781439189719


ISBN 10:   1439189714
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   03 January 2012
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Out of Stock Indefinitely
Availability:   Awaiting stock   Availability explained

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Funny, moving and insightful. --Kirkus Reviews


Extremely amusing and compelling This poignant memoir is a great read for those with Asperger Syndrome and the neurotypical alike. --Shelf Awareness


David Finch has Asperger Syndrome - a disorder that, in some ways, means 'acting like a guy.' His often-hilarious efforts to understand and cope with his condition will resonate with every guy whose wife has ever asked him, 'What the hell were you THINKING?' <p> --Dave Barry, author of I'll Mature When I'm Dead: Dave Barry's Amazing Tales of Adulthood


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