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Summary of From the Corner of the Oval: A Memoir

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From the Corner of the Oval: A Memoir by Beck Dorey-Stein: Conversation Starters

In 2012, Beck Dorey-Stein was looking for a job in DC. She found a post on Craigslist that landed her a job as one of the stenographers in the Oval Office of Barack Obama. Six years later, she writes about her story in her book From the Corner of the Oval Office: One Woman’s True Story of Her Accidental Career in the Obama White House. This memoir is a behind-the-scenes look inside the White House during the Obama administration. Told through the eyes of a young staff, Dorey-Stein shares how she learned the ropes, fell in love and eventually found her place in the world.

The Devil Wears Prada author Lauren Weisberger says that she finished the book in a four-hour flight. She says that “Lots of books claim to give real insider glimpses, but this one actually delivers.” The Wall Street Journal says that Dorey-Stein “writes with wit and self-deprecating humor.” Paul Begala for The New York Times Book Review says that From the Corner of the Oval Office is “addictively readable.” He even says that Dorey-Stein “never loses her starry-eyed optimism, her pinch-me wonderment, her Working Girl pluck.”

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