From the Corner of the Oval

From the Corner of the Oval

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.

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.

Title:From the Corner of the Oval
ISBN:9780525509127
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    From the Corner of the Oval Reviews

  • Denise

    My rating moved up and down through the entire book. Her experiences in The Oval Office were really interesting and I felt like I was there with her! 5 stars! On the other side of the equation, her re...

  • Larry H

    4.5 stars here.Beck Dorey-Stein was a twenty-something former teacher unsure of not only what she wanted to do with her future, but whether she'd even be able to find a job to sustain her until she fi...

  • Anjie

    I was looking for a less wonky take on the Obama era. I got less wonk, but plenty of alcohol-fueled bad decisions, a ton of self-doubt, a toxic relationship that took up so much of the memoir I have t...

  • Esil

    From the Corner of the Oval is not what I expected. Beck Dorsey-Stein worked as a stenographer in the Obama administration. This means that she was one of a handful of people who’s job it was to rec...

  • Nancy

    I think my quibble with this book was far more with the way it is being marketed, or positioned, than with the memoir itself. Ms. Dorey-Stein's book felt more like a coming-of-age story to me than a W...

  • Lori

    Juvenile. For thought provoking insight into working in the Obama White House read Alyssa Mastromonoco, David Litt or Ben Rhodes. For the importance of being "cool," rationalizing an (extremely) emoti...

  • Roman Clodia

    Great hook but if you’re expecting White House gossip and the inside track on the Obamas and politics more generally then you may end up as disappointed as I am. The highlights are definitely the Ob...

  • Karen Geiger

    I totally hate-read this book. I devoured it like tasty popcorn that makes you a little sick. Beck Dorey-Stein gives us a behind-the-scenes look at being a stenographer for President Obama - an entry-...

  • Lisa

    An enlightening and captivating journey around the world on Air Force One.SUMMARYIn 2012, Beck Dorey-Steinback was just scraping by in DC, when a posting on Craigslist landed her, most improbably, in ...

  • Lisa

    [3.5] Irritating and irresistible, I liked this book in spite of the heavy doses of 20-something boyfriend angst - especially the repetitive descriptions of Dorey-Stein's poisonous affair with a White...