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What Remains : A Memoir of Fate, Friendship, and Love - Carole Radziwill

What Remains

A Memoir of Fate, Friendship, and Love

Paperback Published: 5th June 2007
ISBN: 9780743277181
Number Of Pages: 264

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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. 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."

Industry Reviews

"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
"A moving testimony to the tenuous nature of love and life."
-- USA Today
"Powerfully affecting...a highly compelling read."
-- Vogue
"Bittersweet and tender."
-- The New York Times Book Review

Not worth it


Too focussed on the Kennedys.. really a memoir about rich and influential friends... shallow and superficial ... doesn't compare to The House in France or other similar works



A heartwarming story of love, sacrifice, and true friendship


A fairy tale beginning, to a love story, and of love and loss in the journey through that life. Carole Radziwill wrote from her heart, and it felt honest and true. Beautiful well written book.

Brisbane, Qld


A beautiful written, poignant read.


This book is deeply touching and draws the reader into the story as a family member or close friend. The openness of the writing allows you to live the experiences and find your own meaning within them. I greatly enjoyed this story. While sad, and at times devastating, it was a worthwhile journey that the reader can come out of feeling uplifted and at peace.



Exceptionally touching story


A really touching insight into the close relationships between people that truly matter in life. I cried multiple times and struggled to put the book down. This book left me with a heavy heart and a greater appreciation for life, loved ones, ones health, friendships and retrospection of ones journey. Highly recommended.



What Remains

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ISBN: 9780743277181
ISBN-10: 074327718X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 5th June 2007
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.1 x 15.5  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.25

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