book review: The Journal of Best Practices, by David Finch


I guess it goes without saying that anyone who blogs is an egomaniac.  There. I’ve said it.  I automatically think that others would care about what I have to say.  It has occurred to me that  most people don’t care what I have to say, but I do have several posts up that have gotten over  1,000 hits each.Were they really read?  Not sure, but  I am sure that  people read the blogs & either sent the links to others, or  suggested the blog to others.  Of the 120 or so blog posts I have up, about 10  get  checked out every week, and  about 20 others get checked out when people research  obscure subject matter.

I start this post this way because, as I’ve said before,   I have Asperger’s Syndrome.  It’s high functioning autism.  I  am very good with concepts.  I am very articulate.  I’ve been called funny (when I am actually just telling the truth).  However, I’ve also been called strange,   unempathetic, and rude.  I will come right out and tell you what I really think.  I try to be considerate.  I try to think of others. I recognize my own  quirks and obsessions.  However, I am a girl. Female.  Culturally, we are taught/molded/shaped into thinking of others.

Men are  raised/molded/taught/shaped to be self-centered and expect women  to take care of the business of living & managing their  households for them,  As humorist Dave Barry stated in his review of this book, “Asperger’s Syndrome—a disorder that in some ways means ‘acting like a guy’….and will resonate with every guy whose wife ever asked him, “What were you THINKING?”

When I first heard of this book, I thought….could NOT be funny…but it is, actually, laugh out loud hilarious.  Finch is an excellent writer, and very perceptive.  He was just lucky his wife worked with children  who had autism, and found one of the Asperger’s tests online.Realizing the symptoms  described her husband to a T, she gave him the test, &  he passed with flying colors.  He had a name—a reason—-for being a jerk.    They were both lucky that Finch loved his wife enough to want to address his  immaturity, ego, and thoughtlessness enough to save their marriage.

We are all lucky that he chose to address the main issues that create tension in  households that regular folks without Asperger’s fight over:  household chores and being involved with child care.  And, we are lucky he  does so with humor and insight into what exactly he was spending time on instead of being involved with his family . Yep, we  Aspies are a funny bunch.

This book would be a great wedding gift  for any couple. I hope it becomes a best seller.  It will solve a lot of problems right off because it addresses the expectations and dynamics of families—indeed, any household where 2 or more  people live together.

The book was published in 2012 by Scribner/Simon & Schuster.  224 pages. I read it in 3 sittings, laughing out loud.

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