My stomach turned over your review of “Symptoms of Withdrawal,” by Christopher Kennedy Lawford, and “What Remains,” by Carole Radziwill. William Morrow/ HarperCollins Publishers. $ WHAT REMAINS A Memoir of Fate, Friendship, and Love. By Carole Radziwill. Illustrated. A stunning, tragic memoir about John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife Carolyn Bissett, and his cousin Anthony Radziwill, by Radziwill’s widow, now a star of The Re.

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In the end, it’s the only thing any of us really owns. The presence of wealth: My curiosity grew as I wanted to know more about her, her experience of marrying into a Polish royal family, and her befriending John F.

Like the radziaill of an onion, the story unfolds itself. Still, Radziwill had a fascinating, if a bit voyeuristic, subject to write about and the topic alone made the book a very interesting read.

Carolyn’s quips always came off as putdowns of Carole’s radziill of style, not friendly teasing. And that’s what’s missing from Radziwill’s book: I understand the feeling it created in Radziwill when she saw people grieving openly over the death of a childhood friend, and later, over the death of John and Carolyn, when they didn’t even know the people. Chances are, she’d begun grieving him before he passed.

Three weeks later, Anthony lost his battle to cancer. Caroline showed little support to her dying cousin coming to the hospital once when he had radziqill of surgeries and never visited him at home.

Even while Radziwill is flirting with men while her husband is at chemo appointments, even while she fantasizes about escaping her waiting-to-die marriage, the reader stays with h Wow.

Her line about tragedy whores resonated with me, not because I felt that she views herself as superior or special, but rather most of us have acrole luxury yes, luxury of being able to rejains and deal with dark days or tragedies away from the glare of the public.


No lingering, no second or two longer. Of course, John and Carolyn went down in that horrific plane crash.

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

I learned that if you have a famous family member, you can go to the NIH for top notch medical care ahead of regular citizens. I felt that Radziwill was extremely disconnected from her side of the family while she was going through Anthony’s cancer treatments.

The writing is incredible. It’s painful and uplifting at the same time.

What Remains: A Memoir of Fate, Friendship, and Love

Jul 04, Brandice rated it it was amazing Shelves: Refresh and try again. Two beautiful people die tragic remaims However, I did not enjoy her book. But the author’s story is a hard luck one plagued by her fiance’s and then husband’s fatal cancer and the rotten interlude of JFK Jr.

Instead of being an observer to life events, she wanted to be at the life events.

What Remains Trade Paperback This is by far one of the best books I have read in a long time. Perhaps we understand irony best when we are its victims. It’s kind of nice to see her on RHONY because she has a lightness about her in addition to her seriousness that shows that she has weathered this storm.

Because Radziwill did not repeatedly allude to the death of John and Carolyn throughout the book although she does open with the night of their plane missing to establish the book’s gravitasthe reader forgets that John’s and Carolyn’s fates are just as doomed as Anthony’s, Radziwill’s husband.

This memoir of three wrenching deaths in quick succession is brutal, open and honest. One telling comment was at a New Year’s Eve party when everyone made a prediction about the coming year John and Carolyn weren’t there and Carole’s prediction was that John and Carolyn would get married.


To have the wealth and connections to receive the very best treatment is also a gift, or maybe it’s more of a curse, because it gives the illusion of control and encourages the inability to accept a loss of power. At nineteen, she struck out for New York City to find a different life.

View all 3 comments. People grieve, of course, according to their own abilities, and not everyone has the advantage of Carole Radziwill’s literary education or fastidious nature.

What Remains: A Memoir of Fate, Friendship & Love

A brisk walk and swoosh and the doors swinging shut. She did make me cry reading this the first time, and she shares moments when wwhat actually cried but the entire effect is as if she is constantly running from these feelings.

Popular passages Page 10 – Where to start is the problem, because nothing begins when it begins and nothing’s over when it’s over, and everything needs a preface: I’m not diminishing what she went through, because I’m sure it was hard, but she tries so hard to make herself relate-able, and I couldn’t relate to her at all. Carole did her job as a wife and reporter and organized research and studies and treatments and doctor appointments for her strong and healthy husband who, ironically, had a vigorous and deadly cancer.

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