Not a Poster Child

“Pull out your travel pants and let Francine take you on a globe-trotting tour of her favorite destinations and the best ways to navigate them, especially… [with a] handicap. After her travel section, she shares her resilient experience finding incredible resources and tools to maximize quality of life with a winning attitude. Highly readable and very informative.”

Kathryn E. Johnson, Retired CEO, American Hospital Association’s Health Forum

No Spring Chicken manages to be inspiring, heartwarming and informational all at once, with a charming irreverence that makes it a delightful read. With compassion, humor and just the right amount of sass, Francine Falk-Allen encourages us all to explore, be kind to ourselves, ask for what we need, and have some fun.”

Betsy Graziani Fasbinder, writing and speech coach and author of Filling Her Shoes and From Page to Stage

“Francine Falk-Allen has packed No Spring Chicken with useful information, inspiring personal stories, and laugh-out-loud moments. Whether you’re facing physical challenges of aging or a disability at any time, you’ll find many practical tips for making daily life and traveling to virtually any place in the world easier. I’m glad to have this resource to recommend to my therapy clients and others.”

Marcia Naomi Berger, LCSW, author of Marriage Minded: An A to Z Dating Guide for Lasting Love and Marriage Meetings for Lasting Love

About Me

I had polio in 1951 at age three, was hospitalized for six months, and lived most of my life as a handicapped person trying to be a “normie.” I reside in Marin County with my husband, Richard Falk. I now and spend a good deal of time managing our home and garden, and a significant amount managing the effects of post-polio. And I write.

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Not a Poster Child: Living Well with a Disability is available now. Please see Events tab for upcoming presentations.

Not a Poster Child

“Overall, this is a frank, no-nonsense account of living with a disability, edged with a razor-sharp wit… Bold, charming and inspirational.”

Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“With plainspoken eloquence, Francine Falk-Allen brings to life the rich palette of emotions of her lifelong battles with polio—the sorrows and joys, the heartbreaks and triumphs.  Her book is funny, inspiring, and bitingly honest.  It’s a revealing, constantly surprising story that shines a new light on the eternal human question: how can we make the most of our lives?”

Edward Gray, Emmy Award–winning documentary producer and director

“After thirty-five-plus years in publishing, this is the best personal manuscript I have ever encountered. [Falk-Allen has] a muscular style like Dave Eggers. [She has] made early childhood as compelling as Robert Louis Stevenson did. A strong, distinctive voice, coupled with an important story to tell.”

Gillian Glover, former features editor for The Scotsman, Scotland, UK
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