15th Annual Author’s Luncheon

Friday, December 1, 2017

Luncheon begins at noon, doors open at 11am

What Remains: A Memoir of Fate, Friendship, and Love is a true American story about a girl from a small town who becomes an award-winning television producer and marries the son of a European prince and nephew of the late President John F. Kennedy – a glittery fairy-tale stitched with unthinkable tragedy. 

Carole Radziwill grew up in a small working-class suburb, in a large chaotic family.  Her life lessons were gathered from the stern Austrian stoicism of her mother’s family and the happy lunacy of her father’s. She came from a place that few people left, and struck out for New York City to find a different life. In this vivid and haunting memoir, Radziwill tells the story of her unlikely journey. Her career at ABC News led her into the jungles of Cambodia, a bunker in Tel Aviv, and the ruins of Angkor Wat. Her marriage to Anthony Radziwill led her into an iconic American family, and a friendship with an extraordinary woman, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy.

What Remains begins with loss and returns to loss. A small plane plunges into the ocean, carrying John Kennedy and Carolyn, Carole’s cousins-in-law and closest friends. Three weeks later Anthony died. He was diagnosed with cancer shortly before their wedding and his illness became the focal point of their five-year marriage. 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.

Radziwill has an anthropologist’s sensibility and a journalist’s eye on the customs and mores of American aristocracy—those born to power and those who find a way to claim it. This is a candid, intimate, and compelling story of love, loss and ultimately, resilience.

What Remains spent more than 20 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List and was nominated for the Books for a Better Life Award. Radziwill’s moving story has been featured on Oprah, 20/20, Charlie Rose, Larry King Live and Good Morning America. Radziwill’s second book, a novel titled The Widows Guide to Sex & Dating, debuted in February 2014. She is at work on her next book, which will be a collection of essays on topics ranging from love to war to the drama of reality. Radziwill currently stars on the Bravo reality show The Real Housewives of New York.


Tickets are $60 per person ($35 for students) and include lunch, author’s presentation, raffle, silent auction, book signing and cash bar. Books will be available for purchase and to be signed at the event. Early registrants (September 1, 2017 or earlier) will receive 5 complimentary raffle tickets. Late registration fees will apply.

Please email us with questions or help with ticket purchases.

All proceeds benefit projects and services of the Junior League of Lancaster.