The compulsively readable, behind-the-scenes memoir that takes readers inside the Obama White House, through the eyes of a young staffer learning the ropes, falling in love, and finding her place in the world.
From the Corner of the Oval: A Memoir by Beck Dorey-Stein
Published by Spiegel & Grau (July 10, 2018)
Genre: Nonfiction/Memoir/Politics/Obama White House
Source: ARC provided by NetGalley
Format: Kindle, 352 pages
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FCC Disclaimer: I received a copy of an ARC from NetGalley via the publisher in exchange for an honest and fair review. Opinions expressed are my own.
In 2012, Beck Dorey-Stein was just scraping by in DC when a posting on Craigslist landed her, improbably, in the Oval Office as one of Barack Obama’s stenographers. The ultimate DC outsider, she joined the elite team who accompanied the president wherever he went, recorder and mic in hand. On whirlwind trips across time zones, Beck forged friendships with a tight group of fellow travelers–young men and women who, like her, left their real lives behind to hop aboard Air Force One in service of the president. But as she learned the ropes of protocol, Beck became romantically entangled with a consummate DC insider, and suddenly, the political became all too personal. Set against the backdrop of a White House full of glamour, drama, and intrigue, this is the story of a young woman making unlikely friendships, getting her heart broken, learning what truly matters, and discovering her voice in the process.
Meet the Author:
Beck Dorey-Stein is a native of Narberth, Pennsylvania, and a graduate of Wesleyan University. Prior to her five years in the White House, she taught high school English in Hightstown, New Jersey; Washington, D.C.; and Seoul, South Korea.
This is her first book.
Connect with Beck:
Sherry — The title alone would cause me to pick this book from the shelf. Between that and your great review, it’s now on my to-read pile.
Laurie, I was pleasantly surprised at Dorey-Stein’s transparency about her own life and her work as a stenographer in the White House. Additionally, her wit is worth the read!
Your 5-🌠 review + the fact that the author is a former English teacher is endorsement enough for me. Thanks, Sherrey!
Marian, I’m glad I came up with the right two qualifications! Thank you!
Thanks for the review and for visiting my blog. So sorry to hear your back is hurting again. Praying for grace and relief from pain. Hugs.
Hi Dolly, thanks for stopping by. I know your life is full and busy, so when you take time to stop here, you’re saying no to something else. I appreciate that. The unfortunate thing is that last my last fusion in 2011 grew no new bone. Not a big help, and not a pleasant diagnosis to hear from your surgeon. We’re still waiting for answers and options, and every prayer is welcome.
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