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Working Girl meets What Remains, this is the behind-the-scenes story of an unlikely friendship between America’s favorite First Son, John F. Kennedy, Jr. and his personal assistant, a blue-collar girl from the Bronx.

The Kennedys have captured the American imagination for fifty years, and the public’s enduring fascination with Camelot continues to this day. Now, former personal assistant and dear friend of JFK, Jr. and Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, RoseMarie Terenzio has waited for more than a decade to share her unique, intimate, and extraordinary perspective of life behind the Kennedy curtain.

Upon first meeting, RoseMarie was not immediately impressed with JFK, Jr. In an awkward yet comedic encounter, she walked into her office to find that John had begun dismissively boxing up her personal belongings and moving them to a smaller office, including her prized, autographed Howard Stern photo. As she gave him a piece of her mind, people stood around gaping that she would dare speak to JFK, Jr. that way. But John loved her moxie and eventually asked her to become his personal assistant and publicist—and years later she would become one of his closest confidantes, as well as Carolyn’s.   For five years RoseMarie witnessed John’s dating, politics, his marriage to Carolyn, and his untimely death. In her memoir, she blends her own story of a young woman who rose from an embattled childhood to follow her dream with amazing revelations about the man who has been the subject of unparalleled attention, sensationalism, adoration, and speculation. Offering readers a rare access to the epicenter of American royalty, this funny, moving, and truthful work is a breath of fresh air in the legacy of writing about the Kennedys.


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Fairy Tale Interrupted
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Fairy Tale Interrupted
August 22nd, 2014
Thank you, RoseMarie Terenzio, for sharing JFK Jr.and Carolyn life with us. You gave us the opportunity to see a different façade of John. He was a person bigger than life and worshipped almost, you humanized him,thank you for that. You have made me live all kinds of emotions; laughter, sadness, and tears. After so many years since John has passed away so tragically I still miss seeing him, I can't with all honesty imagine what it was like for you when you lost your dear friend but I can empathize with what you felt still to this day. I am happy that you can now move on and have a great life, I'm sure John is there cheering you on. Thank you again for this book. May you be well and Godspeed
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