What Remains by Carole Radziwill


5 Critic Reviews

The book is a gift to all who read it. It is a haunting and touching tribute to those whom Carole loves and misses deeply.
-Story Circle Book Reviews


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.”

About Carole Radziwill

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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.
Published October 7, 2005 by Scribner. 416 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Arts & Photography, Parenting & Relationships, Self Help, History, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction
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Peak Rank on Sep 23 2012
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All: 5 | Positive: 4 | Negative: 1

Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Sep 05 2008

...much of Radziwill's writing approaches melodrama...

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Book Reporter

Reviewed by Carole Turner on Jan 24 2011

WHAT REMAINS is a testimony to the human spirit. It is beautifully and honestly written. The reader feels he or she has peeked into the author's soul and glimpsed courage, wisdom and love.

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Reviewed by Lee Ambrose on Jan 29 2008

The book is a gift to all who read it. It is a haunting and touching tribute to those whom Carole loves and misses deeply.

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Reviewed by Patricia Schultheis on Feb 08 2013

What Remains, by Carole Radziwill, is the stunning memoir of her five-year marriage...

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Hutchinson Leader

Above average
Reviewed by Kay Johnson on Mar 10 2008

... gives us a rare glimpse of what the lifestyle is like when you can pick up the phone and call such well known celebrities as Diane Sawyer, John Kennedy and Carolyn Bessette.

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