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The Journal of Best Practices by David    Finch
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May 02, 12

Read from April 25 to May 02, 2012

This memoir is about a man whose marriage is failing. He has always been 'quirky' and he discovers that these 'quirky' behaviors are actually symptoms of Asperger's. The book captures Finch's emotions as he deals with the revelation that his difficulty with relationships has a physiological basis, and also describes his efforts to overcome his instinctive behaviors in order to put his marriage back on secure footings.

I enjoyed this book. His revelations as to how he can overcome certain behaviors come to him from odd sources - watching 'SportsCenter' on TV makes him realize how he can rethink a difficult situation. It is typically Aspergerian that he cannot simply decide to change his behavior because that would make someone else's life easier - he needs to have an internal rationale for making the change, and it is fun to watch him work these out so that he can get to the point where his behavior will change.

I would recommend this book, but I think there is a lot more going on with David Finch than stereotypical Asperger's Syndrome. Finch admits he also struggles with OCD and phobias, so the reader should know that not all of his behaviors spring from his Asperger's, and if you are looking for methods to handle Asperger's behavior modification, I am not sure this book is what you are looking for. On the other hand, Finch gives an absolutely marvelous depiction of what is going on in an Asperger-affected mind. In one chapter he describes what he is thinking about as his boss gives him his annual job review, and you can suddenly see how hard it must be for an Asberger mind to handle daily interactions.
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