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Carole Radziwill begins with telling the story of her childhood in Suffern, New York growing up in a middle class family in the seventies. The story moves forward two decades later as she became a reporter for ABC and meets a handsome famous man. This man was Anthony Radziwill who was born into royalty as the son of a Polish prince and is John Kennedy Jr.'s first cousin. Carole joyfully allocates with the readers her cherished times she spent with Anthony, John Kennedy Jr. and his wife, Carolyn Bessette. These couples were inseparable and spent many summers together laughing and enjoying life until Anthony finds a lump in his stomach that turns out to be cancer.
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John Kennedy Jr. and his wife were instrumental in helping the Radziwill's deal with this dreadful disease. John made late night calls and spent as much time as possible with his cousin who he considered his best friend. He even showed up at the hospital late at night in his tuxedo and sang a childhood song to him. Carolyn helped Carole by staying in the hospital with her while Anthony underwent numerous surgeries and tests. Carole leaned on Carolyn many times by phone to cry out her frustrations so she can be strong for her dying husband. Cancer became the main focus in the author's marriage and she candidly describes all the emotions that came along with it.

Anthony's last days on earth are nearing as cancer dwindles him away. The author is maintaining until a late night phone call crushed her. Nobody seemed to know where John Kennedy Jr. and his wife are. Their plane never arrived and it's hours later with no sign of them. A few days later it was confirmed that their small plane did crash as the bodies were discovered in the Atlantic Ocean. As the book nears you can feel the trauma and deep pain the author regretfully experiences.

The review of this Book prepared by Susan D. Minkalis

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Plot & Themes

Family, ill    -   Yes Who?    -   husband because he/she is    -   physically ill Phys disability/mental struggle?    -   Yes Struggle with    -   physical disability/sickness Period of greatest activity?    -   1950+

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   business executive Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   American


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Century:    -   1980's-Present

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   challenged Pictures/Illustrations?    -   More 6-10 B&W How much dialogue in bio?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   0-25% of book

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