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What Remains: A Memoir of Fate, Friendship, and Love (Paperback)

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This memoir of love, loss, and survival, by award-winning journalist and news producer Carole Radziwill, tells the story of her modest upbringing as well as her journalism career. However, work takes a backseat when her husband, Anthony, is diagnosed with cancer. This is a story of seeking normalcy through five years of of surgeries, treatments, and setbacks, an ordeal superbly told in Radziwill's clear prose. The tragedy culminates in the summer of 1999, when the couple's best friends (and Anthony's cousin) John F. Kennedy, Jr., and his wife, Carolyn, perish in a plane crash, mere weeks before Anthony dies of cancer. This book is not a chronicle of catastrophe, but about realizing what matters and moving on with what remains in the aftermath of tragedy. Moving, wise, unflinchingly honest, and unexpectedly power, this book can change the way you view things.

— Owen

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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.”

About the Author


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.

Praise For…


"A moving testimony to the tenuous nature of love and life."
-- USA Today

"Stunning...Radziwill gets at the essence of what matters -- friendship, compassion, destiny."
-- Oprah Winfrey, O, the oprah Magazine

"A riveting and heartbreaking journey."
-- Jeannette Walls, author of The Glass Castle

"A stunning memoir of love and loss...Carole Radziwill is a natural storyteller."
-- O, The Oprah Magazine

"One of the best memoirs...a small masterpiece...devastating and beautifully written."
-- New York Post

"Powerfully affecting...a highly compelling read."
-- Vogue

"Bittersweet and tender."
-- The New York Times Book Review
Product Details
ISBN: 9780743277181
ISBN-10: 074327718X
Publisher: Scribner
Publication Date: June 5th, 2007
Pages: 272
Language: English
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