Walking Papers: The Accident That Changed My Life, and the Business That Got Me Back on My Feet

Walking Papers: The Accident That Changed My Life, and the Business That Got Me Back on My Feet

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Francesco Clark was a twenty-four-year-old with a bright future when he went to the Hamptons for the weekend. A nocturnal dive into the pool's shallow end changed everything.

Paralyzed from the neck down, doctors announced that he'd never move from his bed or breathe without assistance. But Francesco fought back. Within days, he was breathing on his own. His father, a doctor himself, investigated every opportunity for experimental treatment, and Francesco used all resources available to speed his recovery. To avoid having his lungs suctioned, he sang, loudly, for hours. And that was just the beginning.

Francesco's accident left him unable to sweat out toxins, leaving his skin less than healthy. So Francesco and his father began to experiment, and Clark's Botanicals skin care line was born. It is now sold nationwide in stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Fred Segal, and featured in Harper's Bazaar, Vogue, and other magazines.

Seven years after the accident, Francesco continues to improve, in addition to running a thriving business.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400147274
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date: 06/01/2010
Edition description: Library - Unabridged CD
Sales rank: 990,659
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Francesco Clark is the founder of Clark's Botanicals, which has been featured in the New York Times, Harper's Bazaar, Vogue, and many other publications. An ambassador for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, he lives in Bronxville, New York.

Kirby Heyborne is an accomplished actor, musician, and comedian who has received a number of AudioFile Earphones Awards for his audiobook narrations. He has had starring roles in over a dozen features and many short films. Kirby is also a cofounder and director of the Los Angeles-based improv comedy group The Society.

What People are Saying About This

John Demsey

Francesco Clark's personal journey is an inspiration to everyone. His triumph and achievements over adversity reflect the determination and faith of the human spirit. (John Demsey, president, Estée Lauder)

Linda Wells

I read Francesco Clark's Walking Papers when I should have been working, and was immediately swept into his story of crisis and hope. His doctors, his nurses, friends, and family all try to protect him from false hope. But Francesco's will is irrepressible and potent. His story is the triumph of optimism in the face of daunting, heartbreaking hopelessness. (Linda Wells, editor in chief, Allure)

From the Publisher

"Walking Papers is moving, funny, and inspiring—-a gift to any person dealing with a chronic illness or condition." —-Michael J. Fox, author of Always Looking Up

Lee Woodruff

Walking Papers so beautifully illuminates the tenacity of the human spirit and the desire to choose hope in the face of overwhelming odds. Francesco's fresh, engrossing book proves that a disability or diagnosis is not a death sentence, but a life sentence. His journey so aptly illustrates that there is life after devastation and trauma. I found myself cheering him from every page. (Lee Woodruff, coauthor, In an Instant)

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Walking Papers: The Accident That Changed My Life, and the Business That Got Me Back on My Feet 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
myrlton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A chance purchase led to reading one of the most amazing, inspiring autobiographys I've ever encountered. Francesco Clark's story of how his life changed in an instant and how he faced dealing with total paralysis should make every able-bodied human grateful for the simpliest actions our whole bodies can perform without our even having to think about them: walking, breathing,feeling the sleeve of your shirt touch your arm. You will be blessed by this book.
ireadmanybooks More than 1 year ago
This book was fantastic. I did not think it was poorly written.One of the best books I have ever read. Makes you understand why you should never give up and how important to have people who support you.
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Vivi45 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book for the inspiring message, BUT, it was written so poorly that I struggled to finish it.
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CMB78 More than 1 year ago
This book is an incredible journey with the author as he rebuilds his life after a traumatic injury... even with this heavy topic it makes you laugh and smile as much as you cry. Truly inspirational - I loved every page!