The Book: Christine Quinn on Christine Quinn

Christine Quinn's memoir comes out next month. (Photo: Amazon.com)
Christine Quinn’s memoir comes out next month. (Photo: Amazon.com)

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s long-awaited memoir is set to come out next month–and Politicker got an early peek.

The 242-page hardcover–conveniently timed for released just as voters are starting to tune in to the mayor’s race–provides a deeply personal account of Ms. Quinn’s childhood growing up on Long Island, including coping with her mother’s losing battle with cancer, her insecurities, and her journey to becoming the city’s second-most powerful elected official, and potentially its first female and openly gay mayor.

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Christine Quinn Is Out of Secrets After Revealing Bulimia and Alcohol Struggles

Christine Quinn being interviewed by Barnard President Debora Spar. (Photo: Jill Colvin)
Christine Quinn being interviewed by Barnard President Debora Spar. (Photo: Jill Colvin)

After disclosing in the New York Time today that she had suffered with bulimia and alcoholism, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn continued to discuss her personal struggles earlier this afternoon, but insisted to a room full of college students that the revelations were intended to help other people—not her mayoral campaign.

Ms. Quinn’s event with a select group of students at the all-women’s Barnard College coincided with the printing of the story, in which Ms. Quinn talked about developing bulimia as a teenager struggling with her mother’s death, and her overuse of alcohol in the years after.

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