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Author: Rebecca Dorey-Stein, Beck Dorey-Stein Narrator: Beck Dorey-Stein Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2018 ISBN: 9780525636564
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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 Washington, 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Who knew the West Wing could be so sexy?…Lots of books claim to give real insider glimpses, but this one actually delivers.”

    Lauren Weisberger, New York Times bestselling author
  • "[This] breezy page turner is essentially Bridget Jones goes to the White House.”

    New York Times
  • “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….and a bravely honest retelling of her workplace affair.”

    Entertainment Weekly
  • “[Dorey-Stein] writes with wit and self-deprecating humor but is fully aware, too, of the pomposity and petty spite of official Washington. She’s at her best and funniest when recalling the physically unhealthy and vaguely ridiculous work of following the president wherever he goes.”

    Wall Street Journal
  • “Addictively readable…Dorey-Stein absorbs it all with a fine eye for detail and conveys it with freshness, candor and humor…She never loses her starry-eyed optimism, her pinch-me wonderment, her Working Girl pluck. Which makes From the Corner of the Oval somehow, against the odds, a story of hope.”

    New York Times Book Review
  • Dorey-Stein brings readers along for romance, heartbreak, and growing up. Bustle
  • “History lesson meets soap opera. In this poignant, brutally honest, and oftenfunny work of self-reflection, Dorey-Stein pulls no punches and tells all she learned from and about the president who ‘taught me to look up.’"

    Booklist
  • Hilarious . . . Dorey-Stein writes with honesty and panache. Publishers Weekly
  • “Love and heartbreak, ambition and jealousy, whirlwind travel to exotic locales, and more page-turning drama than your favorite addictive novel. Consider yourself warned: This is not your father’s White House memoir.”

    Camille Perri, author of The Assistants

  • A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice
  • A Refinery29 Pick of the Month
  • An Entertainment Weekly Pick
  • A Bustle Pick of Summer Reads
  • A Pop Sugar Pick of the Summer
  • New York Times bestseller

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About the Narrator

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, DC; and Seoul, South Korea.