Interesting quick read. Much of her personal story is included along with some interesting insights on her job in the White House.
This book was a delightful read! Beck Dorey-Stein is refreshing and talented!
This book was a delightful read! Beck Dorey-Stein is refreshing and talented!
If you miss the Obama administration, this is exactly what you need! Stein was the presidents stenographer. She also young and made lots of dumb personal choices, but her take on the administration is great. She was honest, funny and clever. I hope she continues to have great success.
From the Corner of the Oval is the story of Beck Dorey-Steins experiences in the White House under the Obama administration as a stenographer. She has a witty way with words that brings you along and makes you giggle as she succeeds and struggles.
Oof. A tale of two halves. I loved the insider stuff about working in the Obama White House (but not being a political staffer) but was so frustrated with her stupid decisions about her personal life. Just wanted to shake her. Well written but a so-so for me for the frustration factor!
This book could do with a massive edit and I don't agree that the author is a great writer but at the same time it was soooo readable. Blends travelling around with Obama as a junior staffer with a reminder of what it is to work in a fun, intense workplace when you're young - definitely recognised her experiences and bad choices though as mine weren't in the White House, they might have been less exciting to read about! 3 stars, book 9.
Not what I was expecting but by the end I didn‘t want to put this book down! This is a sort of coming of self story of Beck, professionally and personally, with little windows into the White House during Obama‘s administration. Now I want to read more Obama 😳 Yes I was frustrated with Beck multiple times but overall enjoyed her voice.
I found this memoir really engaging. Beck is personable & her frank openness refreshing. However when she tried to sound noble it came across as preachy & fake. I liked that this book was a true behind the scene look at the cogs who keep the political wheels spinning. A really interesting reflection of our current history. This book is more lowbrow than academic & Beck still has some maturing to do as both a writer& as a responsible adult.
#TimbitTunes My current audio book finds English major Beck Dorey-Stein, living in D.C ; she‘s 26 unemployed waiting tables and working at Lululemon when she answers a Craig‘s List ad for a stenographer. What she didn‘t know at the time...it was for a position at the White House...working for POTUS himself, Barrack Obama. #StartedFromTheBottom now she‘s flying on Air Force One, attending briefings around the world and dishing ALL the dirt!!!!
When life gives you some overripe bananas 🍌🍌🍌#AudioBaking
Been listening to this gossipy fueled memoir of a young stenographer‘s time as she served during President Obama‘s second term. It‘s pretty engaging. Sure makes #AudioLaundry go by quickly😁
This was like a book version of Scandal! Beck had a 4 year term in the White House, scribing Barack Obama‘s every word. This book gave a lot of detail on what happens during Obama‘s presidency and beyond what we see of the White House. The lavish parties and hotels, the rendezvous and multiple cheating stories, in between being flown together on fancy air jets. Overall great read! 4/5.
Reading Break: Some days are hard days. Beau is a wonderful dog, but she is a rescue. As a rescue, she has a lot of idiosyncrasies. Her anxiety has gotten much better, but some days we end up in the closet just trying to get by.
Some may say that this book was a poor reflection on Dorey-Stein, who worked as a stenographer at the White House during the Obama administration. D-S has a very toxic love affair going on during the course of her time in the WH that is difficult and irritating to read about, but I also thought it was genuine and brave for her to share every aspect of her story.
This memoir from a millennial stenographer in the Obama administration started off slow but won me over with delightful behind-the-scenes anecdotes about the White House. Her details about her love life were presented as a way to frame her growth but honestly I wished she had just left that stuff out, as I liked the parts about her work best. Thanks for the #lmpbc read, @Schlinkles !
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Listening to this audiobook was like hanging out with a younger sibling or cousin. She‘s got an interesting job, and very few obligations. She travels the world, but also makes some ridiculous relationship choices. And that last item? It‘s what she talks about the most, but the other stuff is interesting enough to wait until she gets back to it. A good antidote to my heavy politics choices.
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I gave up on this one. Just too flurfy (that‘s a word because I say it is). I wanted more backroom politics and less drunken bad decisions.
This is not your typical White House memoir. Beck Dorey-Stein was only looking for a job when she answered a Craigslist posting looking for a stenographer. She had no idea she‘d spend the next few years working in the West Wing, forming lifelong friendships and unwise romantic entanglements. Part Sex and the City and part West Wing, this was a light, fun and hilarious read that I had a hard time putting down.
This was a fascinating read since I love to see other views of the stories that have made major headlines over the years. Also it is always fun to see from the inside of something as major as the White House. The one thing that annoyed me was some interpersonal stuff between the author and another person. It makes sense for the age of the author but made was it painful to read at times. That being said, I still enjoyed this view from the corner.
Have you heard the story about the young woman who just happened to get a job at the White House by answering a Craig‘s List ad? Had the pleasure of hearing this charming young lady talk about her memoir and working for President Obama. Well spoken with a great sense of humor combined with charisma and kindness. @Cinfhen Thank you for alerting me to her book tour! Saw her at Ludington instead of Bala. Just s bit closer. 😉
⭐️⭐️ 2 out of 5 stars for this one. It wanted to be a grownup book, it really did, but couldn‘t get out of the way of its own drunk, awkward, stumbling way. The parts about the job, the travel, and the Obama administration were truly interesting, but I had to read through too many liquor-soaked bad decisions and gut-wrenching remorse in between.
This was such a fun book- I couldn‘t stop listening; The author narrates the audio herself (I‘m a huge fan of this- feels like you‘re getting the whole experience) and I just spent the whole day doing all my weekend things with her in my ears. So juicy, so enjoyable, and really relatable, besides working in the White House day to day. Two thumbs way the F up, Beck. Thanks for sharing your stories.
I liked hearing about Dorey-Stein's work experience as a stenographer during the Obama administration, including some fascinating travel experiences. However, the book was marred by an extreme excess of attention to her personal romantic relationships, about which I care not at all.
"The President's anger treads just below the surface, as if he already knows Congress will reject this effort. Protecting American lives should be a bipartisan issue. But, the Republicans in Congress refuse to support the President on any measure, regardless of how many children are killed, parents murdered, families destroyed. 'We are strong, and we are resilient,' POTUS says, 'and we will not be terrorized.'" [San Bernardino shooting in 2015]
The one plus side to being sick ... I am tearing through these audiobooks at a ferocious speed. 😅