What Remains : A Memoir of Fate, Friendship, and Love
What Remains A Memoir of Fate Friendship and Love Author:Carole Radziwill 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 cando... more »r 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 a compelling story of love, loss, and, ultimately, resilience.« less
Very compelling. Grabs your interest from the first page. This book relates events that occur within such a short time frame that should leave the average person with the inability to get out of bed, much less write a book. However, the story is told with such grace and style. A very elegant retelling of such great tragedy that does not leave the reader wallowing in grief.
I saw the author on Oprah and was so impressed with her eloquence that I read this book before it was out in paperback, something I rarely do. It was interesting to read the background of a story we all knew too well the outcome (JFK Jr.'s plane crash). It was moving and honest, not a "cash-in" celebrity memoir. It had to be therapeutic for the author to write it. I thought she did an excellent job sharing her point of view of the tragedy, an account of her husband's illness and the true character of her loyal friend Carolyn. A dignified glimpse of a husband, his cousin and wife, all of whom just happened to belong to a famous family.
This was a very good book. We are all a bit curious about the lives of the Kennedys and this book was a very good one to read as there is nothing sensational about it. And it was written from the viewpoint of a 'commoner'. Radziwill married into our 'American royalty', in marrying John Kennedy's cousin. The behind the scenes glimpse into their friendship and Kennedy's final days is very interesting without making the reader feel he is intruding or prying. Radziwill is a very good writer. She writes very poignantly about her marriage and her husband's death. I was glad no one was home when I finished it, so that I could just let the tears flow. But it wasn't a depressing story - just a very moving one.
I was very touched by this book's author. I saw Carole Radziwill on an Oprah show some time ago and saw a passionate woman with a very personal story. At the end of the book, I wanted to know more about Carole and what has happened in her life since.
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An interesting read, not overly sentimental but giving insight into the lives of these 4 interesting people living in the headlines - a glimpse behind the headlines. Kept me reading and made me care about them in a way the newspapers never did.
I am surprised that I enjoyed this book as much as I did. The author has a wonderful ability to share herself with the reader in a way that brings you in without all that fluff and goo that sometimes happens with this type of book. I would reread this one over and over. When I finished I found that these people who live in a world so different than mine love, laugh and cry like everyone else. What this lady lost in such a short time would bury anyone and yet she was able to eventually share it all. Hopefully, the sharing allowed her to find peace and contentment.
A well-written memoir of Carole's feelings, responses and reactions upon marrying Anthony Radziwill, and immediately finding out that he has been diagnosed with a recurrence of cancer, which originated as testicular cancer. She recounts their friendship with John and Carolyn Kennedy, and the double blow it was to her when both of them were killed in a place disappearance over the ocean, and shortly afterward, her husband dies. Draws you into very human and understandable feelings, and tells of the personal side of John and carolyn's friendship. I loved this book. Universal message, yet with the added fillip of entering into the "Camelot" we all became a part of in the 60's.