From the Corner of the Oval
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • What if you lived out the drama of your twenties on Air Force One?
“[This] breezy page turner is essentially Bridget Jones goes to the White House.”—The New York Times
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In 2012, Beck Dorey-Stein is working five part-time jobs and just scraping by when a posting on Craigslist lands her, improbably, in the Oval Office as one of Barack Obama’s stenographers. The ultimate D.C. outsider, she joins the elite team who accompany the president wherever he goes, recorder and mic in hand. On whirlwind trips across time zones, Beck forges friendships with a dynamic group of fellow travelers—young men and women who, like her, leave their real lives behind to hop aboard Air Force One in service of the president.
As she learns to navigate White House protocols and more than once runs afoul of the hierarchy, Beck becomes romantically entangled with a consummate D.C. insider, and suddenly the political becomes all too personal.
Against a backdrop of glamour, drama, and intrigue, this is the story of a young woman learning what truly matters, and, in the process, discovering her voice.
Praise for From the Corner of the Oval
“Who knew the West Wing could be so sexy? Beck Dorey-Stein’s unparalleled access is obvious on every page, along with her knife-sharp humor. I tore through the entire book on a four-hour flight and loved reading all about the brilliant yet hard-partying people who once surrounded the leader of the free world. Lots of books claim to give real insider glimpses, but this one actually delivers.”—Lauren Weisberger, author of The Devil Wears Prada
“Dorey-Stein . . . writes with wit and self-deprecating humor.”—The Wall Street Journal
“Addictively readable . . . Dorey-Stein’s spunk and her sparkling, crackling prose had me cheering for her through each adventure. . . . She never loses her starry-eyed optimism, her pinch-me wonderment, her Working Girl pluck.”—Paul Begala, The New York Times Book Review (Editors’ Choice)
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Why sell yourself short?
When the author is describing moments like her Marine One experience and the Newtown memorial, she shines. I loved the insight into arguably one of the coolest jobs in (unarguably?) the coolest administrations in history. But I can’t help wonder how much grander, more fun, more worthwhile her experience (and this book) would’ve been had she not allowed herself to be (let’s face it) swindled by a man who cared nothing about her (or other women, for that matter). In addition to her self described mood and feelings of worth, her writing greatly suffers when she’s blinded by these men (plural) who do not “see” her. Imagine if she’d gone in, flexed her intelligence and laughed in the face of these idiots, and focused solely on her job rather than being hustled. I give this 2 stars for the aforementioned moments of brilliance but I honestly hate the story.
Loved the book
The corner of the oval
A true story teller. This book feels like a hug. Thank you Beck Dory-Stein!
- Category: Biographies & Memoirs
- Published: Jul 10, 2018
- Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
- Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
- Print Length: 352 Pages
- Language: English