From the Corner of the Oval: A Memoir

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5.2 X 7.9 X 0.8 inches | 0.57 pounds

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About the Author
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, D.C.; and Seoul, South Korea. This is her first book.
"[Beck Dorey-Stein's] breezy page turner is essentially Bridget Jones goes to the White House."--Peter Baker, 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. . . . Readers won't find state secrets so much as they'll get a glimpse at what life was really like working for the most historical of administrations. There are countless flights on Air Force One, late nights at four-star hotel bars in far-flung locations, and a bravely honest retelling of her workplace affair."--Entertainment Weekly

"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 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."--The 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 may be a stenographer, but this is not typing; this is writing. . . . It is a testament to Dorey-Stein's charm and her writing chops that we root for her throughout. . . . From the Corner of the Oval has been aptly dubbed The West Wing meets Devil Wears Prada. I see it more as C-Span meets Sex and the City--but with more drinking and even more sex. . . . 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. Which makes From the Corner of the Oval somehow, against the odds, a story of hope."--Paul Begala, The New York Times Book Review (Editors' Choice)

"A few weeks ago, what I always fear will happen actually did happen. I'd been reading Beck Dorey-Stein's engrossing memoir, From the Corner of the Oval, out July 10, on my commute home. 'Huh, ' I thought, as I looked up from my book and saw a slightly unfamiliar landscape whir by. 'This train ride seems longer than usual.' And it was. I had been so absorbed in Dorey-Stein's insider recollections of the Obama White House that I'd missed my stop entirely."--Refinery29 (Best New Books For July 2018)

"Dorey-Stein brings readers along for romance, heartbreak, and growing up."--Bustle

"History lesson meets soap opera. In this poignant, brutally honest, and often-funny 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