Sunday, October 14, 2012

The Journal of Best Practices

The Journal of Best Practices: A Memoir of Marriage, Asperger Syndrome, and One Man's Quest To Be a Better Husband by David Finch  224 pp.

Five years into a marriage that just wasn't working out right, David Finch was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome. That diagnosis opened his eyes to the main cause of the marital problems, the inability to feel empathy that is a characteristic of the problem. Finch goes about learning to understand how his thought processes differ from most people. He then attempts to change the ways he normally acted to save his marriage. He kept track of his progress in his "Journal of Best Practices."  Finch's determination to change his way of thinking and acting to save his marriage and improve his relationship with his kids, is at times funny, very thoughtful, and sometimes heart wrenching. It's a fascinating look at coping with condition that is very difficult to deal with.

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