From the Corner of the Oval by Beck Dorey-Stein

Posted on September 5, 2018 - 4:59pm

This was a fun quick read and I loved it! I first saw the author, Beck Dorey-Stein, doing an interview on one of the cable news shows. She was quirky, confident, and engaging. Plus, who doesn't want a sneak peek into the inner workings of the Oval Office? If you're looking for deep dark secrets or details on the Obamas, this is not for you. If you're looking for a light refreshing and honest take on navigating life as a single 20-something living in D.C. who stumbles upon a job on Craigslist working as a stenographer for the President of The United States in the White House, it's perfect.

It reads like fiction, which is a compliment, so there were times when I'd suddenly remember that this is actually a memoir. Beck is a great story teller. She's funny, self-deprecating, entertaining, and at times infuriating. I really enjoyed how she peppered the pages with funny and some times personal interactions with both President Obama and VP Biden. It's not overly political, but don't be surprised if you recognize a few names here and there. This book provides humor, friendship, growing up, romance, heartbreak, and plenty of drama. One comment I saw described the book as "a history lesson meets soap opera." That might be a stretch on the history lesson, but you do get a very interesting take on what it's like to be part of "the bubble." 

I think it's safe to say we'll be seeing more from Beck Dorey-Stein. 

Linda Foens, Library Assistant