David Finch has Asperger Syndrome. What’s interesting is that he’s not diagnosed until he’s 30 years old and married for five years. When he’s diagnosed, he and his wife finally have the answers of why he’s the way he is. He describes the news as a relief, because he now knows what causes his odd behavior, outbursts, and other quirks. The Journal of Best Practices came about through Finch’s note taking and journal writing. He is on a constant quest to improve himself. His notes include “Don’t change the radio station when she’s singing along,” and “Be present in moments with the kids.”
This was a great book. It’s not just a book on understanding Asperger Syndrome. It details one man’s quest to become a better husband, and a better father. The situations that Finch describes are laugh out loud funny, and the book is never dry or boring. He and his wife have a great relationship, and work hard at making it even better. They’ve gone through some tough times and Finch’s diagnosis has helped them come to a better understanding of each other.
I listened to the audiobook, which Finch narrates. I’m usually skeptical of an audiobook that’s read by the author. With this book, though, David Finch’s style makes you want to keep listening. I think this book is my favorite of the year.
If you liked this book, you might also want to try Look Me in the Eye by John Elder Robison.