What Remains

What Remains

A Memoir of Fate, Friendship, and Love

Book - 2005
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On a clear summer night in July 1999, a small plane plunged into the Atlantic Ocean, carrying John Kennedy, his wife, Carolyn, and her sister Laura. Three weeks later, John's cousin Anthony Radziwill died of cancer. In this moving and candid memoir, Carole Radziwill, Anthony's widow, tells her story.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Scribner, c2005
ISBN: 9780743276948
0743276949
Characteristics: 264 p. : ill

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haileyj
Nov 19, 2016

This was a disjointed memoir about the lives and deaths of some wealthy people. The story was hard to follow at times with three female characters called Carole, Carolyn and Caroline. The men seemed to be extremely narcissistic, shallow individuals whose lives weren't even interesting but whose deaths were tragic. It seemed they all lived a very shallow life of money and celebrity with no redeeming qualities. I would say don't bother reading it.

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RachelClapsaddle
Aug 14, 2014

Very well written. It has some heavy themes that will make you sad, but it interesting to hear stories about Jon-Jon and his best friend Anthony. Definitely a great read if you are interested in the Kennedy family history.

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ThelmaPickles
Jul 24, 2012

Admit it, you're here because of a certain reality TV show! Me too. This is an intriguing memoir that starts slowly but builds to a very emotional ending. Have your hankies at hand! It's a fascinating story on many levels. It raised questions for me about cancer treatments given to terminal patients and death denial. Also of interest is Radziwill 's portrayal of Carolyn Bessette who took such a beating in the press after her tragic death.Radziwill really humanizes her in this book.

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amgriffin
Jul 22, 2012

Excellent memoir. I'm surprised that this "real housewife of NYC" was best friends with Carolyn Kennedy and has the ability to write such a haunting account of love and loss.

halla Jun 19, 2012

This book is memoir about major deaths that have occurred in the life of Ms. Radziwill - the most significant being the protracted and difficult death of her husband. After a 5 year aggressive battle with a recurring cancer he passes away a few weeks after their closest friends (and cousins) JFK jr and Carolyn Bessette.

In another writer's hands this memoir might have been heartfelt but filled with shlock metaphors and overworked cliches. I think most people have something really profound that they could say about living out an entire marriage under the weight of a hungry, fatal illness. I don't think most people could tell this story in a way that would stir deep empathy in mind of a reader who is a complete stranger. Yet, that's exactly what Carole Radziwill does. I will never think about cancer the same way again.

As they are tight buddies, and Ms. Radziwill has married into Bouvier and Kennedy and associated circles, there are long descriptions of conversations and times with JFK jr. and his wife. They are usually described in the context of her husband's illness or care. Other family members pop up as well, but there is no mud slinging here. This is memoir about the untimely end of a man and a marriage defined by his illness. It is a great book that gives the reader a window on what the battling but well spouse goes through during such times.

NASIVELI SARYGULOVA Feb 24, 2012

I truly commend Carole for her spirit, love, and integrity!

I am shocked to how much she endured with her husband, Anthony, dying of cancer, for 6 or 7 years of being together (since they got engaged, that when he was diagnosed, and married).

Was that really her being so in love with him or rather trying to look good and not bad in front of his mom/relatives and herself? I wonder.

All in all, this is a great read, and does provide a glimpse to the Empress of Maladies, Cancer, itself, and what it does to a human body.

joiedevivre Oct 09, 2011

This is a very good book but the author was in denial as she didn't seem to realize that John's marriage was coming to an end. The author shares the responsibility for their death because she helped keep that awful marriage together.

Shsunon Aug 10, 2011

Carole Radziwill copes with her husband's devastating illness and the loss of two good friends of the famous Kennedy family. Well-written.

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