The Journal of Best Practices

A Memoir of Marriage, Asperger Syndrome, and One Man's Quest to Be a Better Husband

By David Finch
(Tantor Media, MP3 CD, 9781452657431)

Publication Date: April 2012

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Paperback, Compact Disc, Compact Disc

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the January 2012 Indie Next List
“After five years of a struggling marriage, Finch's wife, Kris, made a breakthrough guess - her husband had Asperger syndrome. The Journal of Best Practices is David Finch's well-documented attempt to go beyond his previous efforts at fitting in and to actually learn to do things like listen, empathize, and 'go with the flow.' Finch still doesn't like flying in a plane or unsolicited wetness, but the results of his determination are not just meaningful to his family, but also an enlightening, endearing, and amusing chronicle for the rest of us.”
-- Daniel Goldin, Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee, WI


Description

Based on a popular New York Times article, The Journal of Best Practices is a hilarious and compulsively readable memoir by a man who combats his Asperger syndrome and reinvents himself by creating a list of "best practices" to manage his quirky behavior and try to save his marriage.




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. After earning a bachelor of music, David returned to Illinois, where he began his career as an audio engineer and played the saxophone in several funk/fusion bands. He and his wife, Kristen, married in 2003, and in 2008 David was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome. His first essay, "Somewhere Inside, A Path to Empathy," appeared in the New York Times and became the basis for his book The Journal of Best Practices. David lives in northern Illinois with his wife and two children. David Finch grew up on a farm in northern Illinois and attended the University of Miami, where he studied music engineering technology. After earning a bachelor of music, David returned to Illinois, where he began his career as an audio engineer and played the saxophone in several funk/fusion bands. He and his wife, Kristen, married in 2003, and in 2008 David was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome. His first essay, "Somewhere Inside, A Path to Empathy," appeared in the New York Times and became the basis for his book The Journal of Best Practices. David lives in northern Illinois with his wife and two children.




NPR
Friday, Feb 3, 2012

David Finch was 30-years-old when he discovered that he was on the autism spectrum. In Journal of Best Practices, he describes how he learned to manage the disorder � and become a better husband and father in the process. More at NPR.org

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Praise For The Journal of Best Practices

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

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