At some point in nearly every marriage, a wife finds herself asking, What the @#!% is wrong with my husband?! In David Finchâ€™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 Davidâ€™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 doesnâ€™t make him any easier to live with. Determined to change, David sets out to understand Asperger syndrome and learn to be a better husbandâ€” no easy task for a guy whose inability to express himself rivals his two-year-old daughterâ€™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 wifeâ€™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 â€śDonâ€™t change the radio station when sheâ€™s singing along,â€ť â€śApologies do not count when you shout them,â€ť and â€śBe her friend, first and always.â€ť Guided by the Journal of Best Practices, David transforms himself over the course of two years from the worldâ€™s most trying husband to the husband who tries the hardest, the husband heâ€™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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