From the Corner of the Oval

A Memoir
Author(s): Beck Dorey-Stein
Awards:New York Times Bestseller
Original Publish Date: Jul 10, 2018
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (9.90 hours)
Product Number: Z100131366
Released: Jul 10, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780525636571
Narrator/s: Beck Dorey-Stein
Publisher: Books on Tape
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "[This] breezy page turner is essentially Bridget Jones goes to the White House."-The 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."-Entertainment Weekly NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY theSkimm Refinery29 Bustle 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 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. 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...?rites 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)

All formats/editions

Author(s): Beck Dorey-Stein
Product Number EB00714509
Released: Jul 10, 2018
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
ISBN: #9780525509134

Professional reviews

"President Obama's stenographer has a ton of great stories to share from her time in the Oval Office--from how she got the job (an unassuming ad on Craigslist!) to her questioning of aspects of the subsequent administration, which led to her decision to quit. This wealth of fascinating information is compromised by Dorey-Stein's narration of her own beautiful prose. The lack of vocal variety combined with her tendency to read multiple sentences together as one long thought make it difficult for the listener to stay focused. Dorey-Stein has a biting wit, but unfortunately her humor often misses the mark with the noted absence of a well-timed pause. This is one audiobook that will have listeners seeking out the print version. A.L.C. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"

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