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 19, 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.
©2005 Carole Radziwill; (P)2005 Simon & Schuster Inc. All rights reserved. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division.
"Carole Radziwill, a wonderful writer...gets at the essence of what matters: friendship, compassion, destiny." (Oprah Winfrey)
"Carole Radziwill has written an unsparing, unsentimental, and inspiring memoir. A spirited journalist with a novelist's eye for detail, she delivers a stunningly honest story about life's great joys and deepest pain." (Christiane Amanpour)
This is a very good listen, read by the author. I found myself unable to stop and listened to the whole book during one day. It's very much about her life with Anthony Radziwill and how their life evolves in his bout with cancer. It's about their lives as related to their jobs, family life and how that world intersects sometimes with Carolyn Bessett and JFK, Jr. Carole describes Carolyn Bessett as her best friend. I found the book down to earth, heart-warming and was amazed at how she dealt with losing her beloved husband only days after the death of JFK, Jr. and Carolyn Bessett, her best friend.
WHAT REMAINS is an amazing and heart wrenching account of real people, regardless of their fame or stature. The author clearly wrote it out of grief with no desire to capitalize on anyone's death. I was struck by the enormous weight placed on the shoulders of John Kenedy not just because of who he was but because of the part he played in his family. Always the one who new what to say or do to difuse tensions, bring people together, and comfort others; they waited for him to sweep in and make everything right in all situations. I could see why John loved Caroline over all others. She was an amazing and dynamic person with a heart the size of Alaska. She took it upon herself to adopt people she hardly knew and, like a rock, see them through to the very end. Tracing these individuals lives through tragedy, triumph and ultimate loss reminded me that it is no less difficult to be a human being regardless of one's station in life. I also realized that it had never crossed my mind that all these people had fascinating careers and personal aspirations seperate from their family fortunes. My heart was deeply touched and I now feel justified in my grief over the loss of these people I never knew.
This book is beautifully written and read, it is an incredible tale of love for more than one person. Carole Radziwell is such an incredible woman and she is way more than what you see on The Real Housewives of NY. She is a real person, who I admire and respect far more for her life than a Realty TV show. This book is wonderful !!
Maybe yes if she didn't narrate her own book.
Yes, if it was not an audiobook or if it had a professional narrator.
No! Not until she goes to Audiobook training School.
I felt like I was right there , imposing on some of the groups most private times in their lives.
It was so sweet to hear her friendship with Caroline , while their husbands were close friends and family since they were children.
To listen to carol go through her husbands illness to his death in such detail. I was so moved by their relationships.
yes. i wanted to drive just to hear more of this incredibly intimate and powerful story. you felt like you were there, in the room, listening to their conversation; it was amazing.
Touching, authentic, heart-wrenching
She lived through so much loss so quickly...and was the only one equipped to tell this story.
This book is one of the best I have listened to because the subject matter is so heartbreaking and true. The narration only enhanced the subject and provided more depth.
My favorite character was the author Carole. It was her story and the story of those she loved, captured in heartbreaking detail without self pity, only the understanding of someone who lived the story.
The author was truest to herself but with an amazing insight on representing each person involved.
This book cannot be listened to in one sitting, to do so would give no time to think of the characters or their lives.
This is a book I have read each summer, a tradition I enjoy as it is such a well written story.
I fell in love with Carole on The Real Housewives of New York recently (I'm way behind the times) and had to read this book immediately. I knew to be prepared for it to be an emotional one, but I was so moved by this story even knowing what was coming. It is so beautifully written that it keeps your interest on each page by painting a vivid picture in your mind of her friends and loved ones. You will cry, I warn you.. but it's so worth it. Wonderful book written by a super talented author, I love you Carole!
Beautifully written, an even more sincere and heartfelt delivery... This is a story of heart wrenching courage, bravery, strength.
Carol tells this in a way such that we, her audience, feel as if we are living the story along with her. There is a surprising look inside the young life of JFK,jr. as the two couples were good friends. Most of all, we see into the lives of two extraordinary people who refuse to be anything but as ordinary as they can, and their beautiful love story cut much too short.
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