What Remains - Carole Radziwill

What Remains

By Carole Radziwill

  • Release Date: 2005-10-07
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 1,565 Ratings


A stunning, tragic memoir about John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, and his cousin Anthony Radziwill, by Radziwill’s widow.

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.”


  • Captivating

    By Awwenrich98
    Beautifully written raw honest loving and heartbreaking.. Thank you for being brave enough to share it..
  • Changed my life

    By lindsayparra
  • Fate vs Fortune

    By Enots2
    I am not mad or happy after reading this.
  • What Remains

    By Shecky11
    It is uncanny that the author’s journey with her husband’s cancer was so similar to my journey with my husband’s cancer. At times I felt as if she was writing about my experiences. I am grateful for the author for being so candid and sincere.
  • Heart wrenching and warming

    By Zadddy2222222
    This book was fascinating, beautifully written, and ripped my insides out. 10/10 would recommend.
  • Fantastic

    By mjohn65
    This is the second time I read this book. I love Carole and her humor, wit, and willingness to open up. How wonderful to show someone the ultimate act of love . Out of need , comes a strength we never knew we had .
  • Rad

    By Amlav
    Loved it
  • What Remains

    By kulacat
    This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. I laughed as hard as I cried. Carole is a gifted writer that brings the reader into her moment. I stayed up all night until I was finished with her book. What a treat for the end of the day. My mom is dying and this book made me accept it. Thank you. Margie
  • What Remains

    By Cali-Meow
    Deeply touching; sophisticated and well written! Highly recommended👍
  • Wonderful read

    By Wynntx
    I just loved this book. I recently lost a loved one, and I lost my best friend many years ago, so I empathized with Carole in many ways. I actually cried a few times reading it, which is unusual for me. I didn't like how some people were referenced by first name only and I never knew who they were or didn't realize until later. Otherwise, I highly recommend this book!