Book Passage Presents
Thurs., July 15, 2021 • 5:00pm PT • Live • Online
In conversation with Betsy Graziani Fasbinder
In No Spring Chicken, Francine Falk-Allen—a polio survivor who knows a thing or two about living with a disability—offers her own take on how to navigate the complications aging brings with equanimity (and a sense of humor).
The book is divided into three sections: Part I is a jaunt through accessible travel pleasures and pitfalls; Part II addresses the adaptations caregivers can make for a mutually rewarding relationship with their loved ones, plus advice for physically challenged and aging persons themselves regarding exercise, diet, pain management, mobility, care tips and more; and Part III discusses the rewards of engaging with support groups sharing similar issues, with a little activism and advocacy for good measure.
Accessible and wryly funny, The Wild Handicapper is a fun and informative guide to living your best and longest life―whatever your physical challenges, and whatever your age.
Francine Falk-Allen was born in Los Angeles, where she contracted polio at age three and was hospitalized for six months, experiences which formed the background for her memoir about living with a disability, Not a Poster Child. She has lived most of her life in northern California, currently San Rafael. She has always craved creative outlets, including singing and recording with various groups, painting, and writing songs, poetry, and essays. Falk-Allen facilitates a polio survivors’ group in Marin County, and also a Meetup writing group, Just Write Marin County, and is an alternate member on the City of San Rafael’s ADA Compliance Review Committee.
She received the Kirkus Reviews star for excellence in writing in 2018, which also named her memoir to Best Books of 2018. Not a Poster Child won the 2019 Living Now Book Awards Gold Medal for Inspirational Memoir—Female and also won a Silver Medal for Sarton Women’s Book Award for 2018 memoir. The book appeared on several other Best Books of 2018 lists, including BuzzFeed, Pop Sugar, and Cyrus Webb, and Falk-Allen was named by Conversations Magazine as one of “25 Women Making a Difference in 2019.” She was the polio representative interviewed in a PBS/Nobel Prize Media film, The War Against Microbes. She loves movies, pool exercise, the outdoors, travel, lots of British tea and a little champagne now and then.
Betsy Graziani Fasbinder is a genre-jumping, thrice-published, award-winning author with a novel, Fire & Water; a memoir, Filling Her Shoes; and a how-to, From Page to Stage, to her credit. She’s garnered Gold and Bronze IPPY Awards, a Booklist Starred Review, and a collection of other blingy congratulations for her writing. In addition to her own stories, Betsy delights in helping others write and tell their own lived and imagined stories, both as a writing coach and a speaking coach. She features the stories of others on her weekly podcast, The Morning Glory Project: Stories of Determination.
“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. Partly a book on travel, particularly for those who experience mobility or other challenges, it’s also a book that inspires curiosity, tenacity and adventure no matter one’s physical abilities or age. 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"