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

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Simon and Schuster, Oct 7, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
A stunning, tragic memoir about John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife Carolyn Bessette, and his cousin Anthony Radziwill, by Radziwill’s widow.

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.”
 

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I had to post about this book for anyone who might be interested. It is fantastic. Carole Radziwell was married to Anthony Radziwell who was, among other things, the son of a Polish prince Stanislaw ... Read full review

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Surprise! This is a very good read. Most everyone will be familiar with the characters and events contained within the story. However, this is an inside look not only at the experience of cancer for a ... Read full review

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Section 1
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Section 2
11
Section 3
13
Section 4
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Section 5
59
Section 6
119
Section 7
121
Section 8
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Section 9
217
Section 10
257
Section 11
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Section 12
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Page 10 - Where to start is the problem, because nothing begins when it begins and nothing's over when it's over, and everything needs a preface: a preface, a postscript, a chart of simultaneous events. History is a construct, she tells her students.

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Carole Radziwill worked as an award-winning journalist with ABC News for fifteen years. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller What Remains, the novel A Widow's Guide to Sex and Dating, and she stars on the Bravo reality show The Real Housewives of New York.

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