With Patience and Fortitude

With Patience and Fortitude


Christine Quinn's improbable journeybegan long before she becameNew York City's second-most-powerfulelected official. The granddaughter of Irishimmigrants—including a grandmother whoescaped the sinking Titanic when most teenagegirls in steerage perished—Christinelearned early in life that challenges aremeant to be met and overcome, and thatthey are ever present but surmountable.

Christine's seemingly idyllic childhood—a time that was filled with every imaginablelesson from ballet and painting to swimmingand horseback riding—wasn't at allwhat it appeared to be. A cancer diagnosisleft Christine's mother fighting for her lifeand harboring a single wish: to see herbeloved little girl through grade school. Shelived more years than she'd dared hope for,but her decade-long battle with breast cancer,kept largely secret, cast a deep shadowover young Christine's life.

At sixteen, left without a mother, Christinebegan carving her own path. Inspired by herparents' example of service—and drawing onfavorite childhood books about pioneerslike Marie Curie and Frederick Douglass—Christine set her sights on work that wouldhelp make a difference in the world. Yetshe bore secrets of her own that she wouldultimately have to face, coming of age in aworld where both women and gay peoplehad no choice but to fight for their dreams.Over time she met those obstacles, bothpersonal and professional, with more fortitudethan patience.

In a strikingly intimate and forthright memoir,Christine Quinn demonstrates that life'schallenges can provide the fuel that drives usto be our better selves and, in turn, inspires usto reach out to those who need a helping hand.

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  • 001 With Patience and Fortitude
    Duration: 14s
  • 002 Prelude
    Duration: 04min
  • 003 Chapter 01
    Duration: 22min
  • 004 Chapter 02
    Duration: 20min
  • 005 Chapter 03
    Duration: 29min
  • 006 Chapter 04
    Duration: 13min
  • 007 Chapter 05
    Duration: 24min
  • 008 Chapter 06
    Duration: 30min
  • 009 Chapter 07
    Duration: 23min
  • 010 Chapter 08
    Duration: 12min
  • 011 Chapter 09
    Duration: 18min
  • 012 Chapter 10
    Duration: 24min
  • 013 Chapter 11
    Duration: 31min
  • 014 Chapter 12
    Duration: 32min
  • 015 Chapter 13
    Duration: 20min
  • 016 Chapter 14
    Duration: 14min
  • 017 Chapter 15
    Duration: 25min
  • 018 Chapter 16
    Duration: 09min
  • 019 Credits
    Duration: 33s
  • sample
    Duration: 01min