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From the Corner of the Oval
2018
Availability
Fiction/Biography Profile
Genre
NonFiction
History
Political
Topics
Young adults
Obama administration
Travel
Friendship
Relationships
Personal growth
Personal narratives
Setting
Washington, D.C. - Mid-Atlantic States (U.S.)
- United States
- International
Time Period
2012 -- 21st century
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  Publishers Weekly Review

In this hilarious memoir, Dorey-Stein gives an insider's glimpse into the White House from her perch as Barack Obama's stenographer. In 2012, 25-year-old Stein responded to a Craigslist advertisement to be a stenographer at a law firm; the "law firm" was the White House. On her first day on the job, she overpacked and needed to empty the contents of her bag to find her recorder while flying on Air Force One: "Oh, dear God, my travel-sized hair straightener in its little travel-sized hot pink silk bag looks like a vibrator! Jay Carney thought I was talking to him, on Air Force One, with a vibrator in my hand." When she forgets her underwear for another overnight, she notes, "Today, I'll be traveling commando with the commander in chief." Dorey-Stein traveled with the president's envoy across the world-to Cuba, Mexico, India, and Saudi Arabia-and to all corners of the U.S. As Dorey-Stein became accustomed to living aboard Air Force One, she began an affair with a man in the president's inner circle. What follows is pure tragicomedy, and Dorey-Stein writes with honesty and panache about her fun job and her eventual heartbreak. It's thrilling to get a front-row seat to the Obama White House, and she has stayed on with the Trump administration, where the "West Exec parking lot is no longer filled with Priuses and Chevys but with Porsches and Maseratis." Beltway gossip hounds will hope to hear more from Dorey-Stein. (July) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Summary
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * "[This] breezy page turner is essentially Bridget Jones goes to the White House."-- The New York Times <br> <br> "Obama administration memoirs are rolling in, but in a refreshing twist From the Corner of the Oval swaps policy for good old-fashioned workplace drama." --Entertainment Weekly <br> <br> Recommended for summer reading by theSkimm * Jane Green on NBC's Today show * Entertainment Weekly * Refinery29 * Bustle * PopSugar <br> <br> 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.<br> <br> 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.<br> <br> Against the backdrop 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, in the process, discovering her voice.<br> <br> Praise for From the Corner of the Oval <br> <br> "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 <br> <br> "Ms. Dorey-Stein . . . writes with wit and self-deprecating humor."-- The Wall Street Journal <br> <br> "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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