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What Remains: A Memoir of Fate, Friendship, and Love

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What Remains is a vivid and haunting memoir about a girl from a working-class town who becomes an award-winning television producer and marries a prince, Anthony Radziwill, one of a long line of Polish royals and nephew of President John F. Kennedy. Carole Radziwill's story is part fairy tale, part tragedy. She tells both with great candor and wit.

Carole grew up in a small suburb with a large, eccentric cast of characters. She spent her childhood summers with her grandparents and an odd assortment of aunts and uncles in their poorly plumbed A-frame on the banks of a muddy creek in upstate New York.

At the age of nineteen, Carole struck out for New York City to find a different life. Her career at ABC News led her to the refugee camps of Cambodia, to a bunker in Tel Aviv, to the scene of the Menendez murders. Her marriage led her into the old world of European nobility and the newer world of American aristocracy.

What Remains begins with loss and returns to loss. A small plane plunges into the ocean, carrying John Kennedy, Anthony's cousin, and Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, Carole's closest friend. Three weeks later Anthony dies of cancer. The summer of the plane crash, the four friends were meant to be cherishing Anthony's last days. Instead, Carole and Anthony mourned John and Carolyn, even as Carole planned her husband's memorial.

Carole Radziwill has an anthropologist's sensibility and a journalist's eye. She writes about families — their customs, their secrets, and their tangled intimacies — with remarkable acuity and humanity. She explores the complexities of marriage, the importance of friendship, and the challenges of self-invention with unflinching honesty. This is acompelling story of love, loss, and, ultimately, resilience.

Review:

"Here's a very sad story: a middle-class girl is working as a reporter at ABC, where she meets a handsome man from a famous family. They court, marry and become best friends with the husband's first cousin and his new wife. Abruptly, the reporter's husband is diagnosed with cancer. He dies, but not before the cousin and his wife (and her sister) die, too, in a senseless plane crash. This would be a heartbreaking story even if it weren't about Anthony Radziwill, nephew of Jackie Kennedy Onassis, and about his and Carole's friendship with John and Carolyn Bessette Kennedy. But because its publisher (and, presumably, the author) have decided not to market it as a 'Kennedy book' but 'a memoir of fate, friendship and love,' it begs consideration on its literary merits. So here goes: Radziwill is a serviceable, if sentimental, writer. She is brave, especially when she describes how cancer became the third party in her marriage, and how she briefly flirted with infidelity. She also knows how to convey the essence of a person with small scenes and quotes (JFK Jr. holding his dying friend's hand and softly singing a song from their childhood; director Mike Nichols not calling but just coming to the hospital and handing out sandwiches to the nurses). Still, perhaps in Radziwill's effort to further the myth of its non-Kennedyness, much of this already short book feels padded — with scenes from the author's childhood and medical details about Anthony's treatment. Otherwise, much of Radziwill's writing approaches melodrama, particularly when she recounts that July 1999 night when the plane crashed. At one point, Radziwill scoffs at the 'tragedy whores' who luxuriate in Kennedy trauma, and yet she seems to have been unable to resist contributing some crumbs to their feeding frenzy. (Sept. 27)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"A riveting and heartbreaking journey beyond the fairy tale, told with...the searing eloquence of a gifted writer." Jeannette Walls, author of The Glass Castle

Review:

"A stunning memoir of love and loss." O Magazine

Review:

"Carole Radziwill has written an unsparing, unsentimental and inspiring memoir. A spirited journalist with a novelist's eye for detail, she delivers a stunningly honest story about life's great joys and deepest pain." Christiane Amanpour CNN, Chief International Correspondent

Review:

"A small masterpiece...devastating and beautifully written." New York Post

Synopsis:

A stunning, tragic memoir about John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife Carolyn Bissett, and his cousin Anthony Radziwill, by Radziwill’s widow, now a star of The Real Housewives of New York.

What Remains is a vivid and haunting memoir about a girl from a working-class town who becomes an award-winning television producer and marries a prince, Anthony Radziwill. Carole grew up in a small suburb with a large, eccentric cast of characters. At nineteen, she struck out for New York City to find a different life. Her career at ABC News led her to the refugee camps of Cambodia, to a bunker in Tel Aviv, and to the scene of the Menendez murders. Her marriage led her into the old world of European nobility and the newer world of American aristocracy.

What Remains begins with loss and returns to loss. A small plane plunges into the ocean carrying John F. Kennedy Jr., Anthony’s cousin, and Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, Carole’s closest friend. Three weeks later Anthony dies of cancer. With unflinching honesty and a journalist’s keen eye, Carole Radziwill explores the enduring ties of family, the complexities of marriage, the importance of friendship, and the challenges of self-invention. Beautifully written, What Remains “gets at the essence of what matters,” wrote Oprah Winfrey. “Friendship, compassion, destiny.”

Synopsis:

A glittery fairy tale stitched with unthinkable tragedy, this "New York Times" bestseller is the true American story about a girl from a small town who becomes an award-winning television producer and marries a prince, Anthony Radziwill, nephew of the late President John F. Kennedy.

About the Author

Carole Radziwill worked as an award-winning journalist with ABC News for fifteen years. She is writing a novel and lives in New York City.

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nancymimi, October 26, 2010 (view all comments by nancymimi)

Overwritten and very poorly edited, I can't figure out why this book got such raves. At over 400 pages, it's an autobiography, not a memoir (and sorry, but her childhood is quite unexceptional and not worth reading about). "Lyrical"? It's full of lines such as, "I didn't want to go to an empty house on an island at the end of a dirt road, " and " His mother has a striking face: wide set eyes and sharpened bone lines." yikes. A love story? I was left wondering what they saw in each other; her account of their relationship (until the very end, anyway) is quite bloodless. But she does want us to know how well she handled the details of his care-the minutiae of travel to the NIH, who comes to visit, where they had dinner, talking to doctors, plus a surprising amount of personal medical information.
Oddly, she writes the most passionately about her husband's cousin, JFK Jr, and his wife Carolyn. She marvels that when she first meets JFK jr, he put his hand out and said "Hi, I'm John Kennedy" ... "without the F and without the jr". Did she think he would actually introduce himself as John F Kennedy, Junior? I suppose her account of her friendship with Carolyn is meant to charm us, but it just comes off as vaccuuous and immature-they trade friendship rings and do not seem to talk about much besides clothes and an imaginary house where they throw parties or something. Perhaps the most irksome detail is that she goes out of her way to refer to those who tend to gather in public when someone famous (such as a Kennedy) passes as "tragedy whores." Now, I agree it's a pretty weird phenomenon but they are obviously moved by the loss, so if they're not hurting anybody why be so harsh? And they are not whores-the definition being one who does unseemly things for money, such as have sex, or write a book containing much of your dead husband's medical history.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780743277181
Subtitle:
A Memoir of Fate, Friendship, and Love
Author:
Radziwill, Carole
Publisher:
Scribner
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Rich & Famous
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography-Rich and Famous
Subject:
what remains; carole radziwill; The Real Housewives of New York; memoir; Lee Radziwill; Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis; Carolyn Bissett; John F. Kennedy; Kennedy family; Radziwill family; Martha s Vineyard; Jackie Kennedy; July 16 1999; ABC news reporters; Mi
Subject:
what remains; carole radziwill; The Real Housewives of New York; memoir; Lee Radziwill; Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis; Carolyn Bissett; John F. Kennedy; Kennedy family; Radziwill family; Martha s Vineyard; Jackie Kennedy; July 16 1999; ABC news reporters; Mi
Subject:
what remains; carole radziwill; The Real Housewives of New York; memoir; Lee Radziwill; Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis; Carolyn Bissett; John F. Kennedy; Kennedy family; Radziwill family; Martha s Vineyard; Jackie Kennedy; July 16 1999; ABC news reporters; Mi
Subject:
what remains; carole radziwill; The Real Housewives of New York; memoir; Lee Radziwill; Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis; Carolyn Bissett; John F. Kennedy; Kennedy family; Radziwill family; Martha s Vineyard; Jackie Kennedy; July 16 1999; ABC news reporters; Mi
Subject:
what remains; carole radziwill; The Real Housewives of New York; memoir; Lee Radziwill; Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis; Carolyn Bissett; John F. Kennedy; Kennedy family; Radziwill family; Martha s Vineyard; Jackie Kennedy; July 16 1999; ABC news reporters; Mi
Subject:
what remains; carole radziwill; The Real Housewives of New York; memoir; Lee Radziwill; Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis; Carolyn Bissett; John F. Kennedy; Kennedy family; Radziwill family; Martha s Vineyard; Jackie Kennedy; July 16 1999; ABC news reporters; Mi
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20070605
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 8.785 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Here's a very sad story: a middle-class girl is working as a reporter at ABC, where she meets a handsome man from a famous family. They court, marry and become best friends with the husband's first cousin and his new wife. Abruptly, the reporter's husband is diagnosed with cancer. He dies, but not before the cousin and his wife (and her sister) die, too, in a senseless plane crash. This would be a heartbreaking story even if it weren't about Anthony Radziwill, nephew of Jackie Kennedy Onassis, and about his and Carole's friendship with John and Carolyn Bessette Kennedy. But because its publisher (and, presumably, the author) have decided not to market it as a 'Kennedy book' but 'a memoir of fate, friendship and love,' it begs consideration on its literary merits. So here goes: Radziwill is a serviceable, if sentimental, writer. She is brave, especially when she describes how cancer became the third party in her marriage, and how she briefly flirted with infidelity. She also knows how to convey the essence of a person with small scenes and quotes (JFK Jr. holding his dying friend's hand and softly singing a song from their childhood; director Mike Nichols not calling but just coming to the hospital and handing out sandwiches to the nurses). Still, perhaps in Radziwill's effort to further the myth of its non-Kennedyness, much of this already short book feels padded — with scenes from the author's childhood and medical details about Anthony's treatment. Otherwise, much of Radziwill's writing approaches melodrama, particularly when she recounts that July 1999 night when the plane crashed. At one point, Radziwill scoffs at the 'tragedy whores' who luxuriate in Kennedy trauma, and yet she seems to have been unable to resist contributing some crumbs to their feeding frenzy. (Sept. 27)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "A riveting and heartbreaking journey beyond the fairy tale, told with...the searing eloquence of a gifted writer."
"Review" by , "A stunning memoir of love and loss."
"Review" by , "Carole Radziwill has written an unsparing, unsentimental and inspiring memoir. A spirited journalist with a novelist's eye for detail, she delivers a stunningly honest story about life's great joys and deepest pain."
"Review" by , "A small masterpiece...devastating and beautifully written."
"Synopsis" by , A stunning, tragic memoir about John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife Carolyn Bissett, and his cousin Anthony Radziwill, by Radziwill’s widow, now a star of The Real Housewives of New York.

What Remains is a vivid and haunting memoir about a girl from a working-class town who becomes an award-winning television producer and marries a prince, Anthony Radziwill. Carole grew up in a small suburb with a large, eccentric cast of characters. At nineteen, she struck out for New York City to find a different life. Her career at ABC News led her to the refugee camps of Cambodia, to a bunker in Tel Aviv, and to the scene of the Menendez murders. Her marriage led her into the old world of European nobility and the newer world of American aristocracy.

What Remains begins with loss and returns to loss. A small plane plunges into the ocean carrying John F. Kennedy Jr., Anthony’s cousin, and Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, Carole’s closest friend. Three weeks later Anthony dies of cancer. With unflinching honesty and a journalist’s keen eye, Carole Radziwill explores the enduring ties of family, the complexities of marriage, the importance of friendship, and the challenges of self-invention. Beautifully written, What Remains “gets at the essence of what matters,” wrote Oprah Winfrey. “Friendship, compassion, destiny.”

"Synopsis" by , A glittery fairy tale stitched with unthinkable tragedy, this "New York Times" bestseller is the true American story about a girl from a small town who becomes an award-winning television producer and marries a prince, Anthony Radziwill, nephew of the late President John F. Kennedy.
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