Finding Francie

Finding Francie is a memoire about a year in the life of a very naïve and adventure loving young woman the year after she graduated from college in June, 1965. Like so many of her fellow graduates, she was graduating without a job, car, or financial savings. Her college roommate Barbie, had done the responsible thing. Since she had her elementary teaching certificate, she began immediately applying for teaching positions even before graduation. She was hired by a school district in Simi Valley, California. She tried her best to convince Francie to move with her to California. At the same time, Francie’s boyfriend Mike was beginning medical school in Chicago. Mike’s suggestion was a much more practical one. He thought Francie should move back to Kansas City, live with her parents and visit him every few months or so. If she was in Chicago, he said she would be a “distraction”. Clearly she was feeling pulled in several directions. It wasn’t until late August when her summer job ended that she finally made a decision. She was going to take a risk, move to California and let the chips fall where they may. She wrote Barbie a letter explaining her decision, packed her backpack and was on the train heading west before you could blink an eye. Little did she know what laid ahead in California, however. She was beginning an adventure that no one could have predicted.



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Love this book
ByAmazon Customer

on May 18, 2017
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Love this book. I couldn’t put it down until I had read the whole book! Francie writes as if she were sitting around with friends reminiscing about her adventures! I can’t help but feel amazed at her brave spirit as she headed out on her own around the world, alone, as a young women just out of college! What memories she made during that year and how wonderful to share them 50 years later with us! Thank you, Francie!

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Great adventure
ByJane Klockeron June 10, 2017
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I love this adventure. I was on the journey with her. Francie herself is a dear friend and embodies the spirit of a 1960’s woman.

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ByS. Lamkinon June 12, 2017
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It is a great story of a very brave young lady!

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Take a trip around the world.
ByShargypsyon May 5, 2017
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In 1965, a naive but adventuresome young woman embarked on a trip alone around the world, with a backpack and little money. The trip would take her from Hawaii to Japan, Bangkok, New Delhi, Tel Aviv and places in between. This is a fascinating book you will not want to put down. It will leave you wishing for more Francie adventures with intriguing people in exotic far-away places.


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About the Author

Francie Morse was born in 1943. By the time Francie had graduated from college, the Women’s Liberation Movement was underway. Women had earned the right to vote. and were exercising that right in record numbers.  More women were working outside the home. The times were in turmoil.

Francie’s mother was a “closet feminist” keeping the home fires burning but also involved in women’s issues such as The League of Women’s Voters, writing a weekly column for the local newspaper and organizing the first women’s investment club in her town. When her youngest child began school, she returned to college and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in social psychology. Needless to say, Francie was greatly influenced by her role model.

Francie Morse is a retired licensed clinical social worker. She and her husband Mike will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in September. They have three adult children and six grandchildren.