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From the Corner of the Oval Office: One woman’s true story of her accidental career in the Obama White House Hardcover – 12 Jul 2018

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press (12 July 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781787630871
  • ISBN-13: 978-1787630871
  • ASIN: 1787630870
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.3 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Who knew the West Wing could be so sexy? Beck’s unparalleled access is obvious on every page, along with her knife-sharp humour... Lots of books claim to give real insider glimpses, but this one actually delivers." (Lauren Weisberger, author of The Devil Wears Prada)

"If you’ve ever felt like you were out of your element, in over your head, or working without a net, you will love this book. Beck Dorey-Stein offers an endlessly fascinating perspective on power and history in the making. This memoir is funny, fast-paced, and so emotionally true that it hurts." (Piper Kerman, author of Orange Is the New Black)

"Sex, lies and the White House... Dorey-Stein details her extraordinary experiences at the side of the former leader of the free world. Incredible." (Telegraph)

"Addictively readable... From the Corner of the Oval shatters the genre of the Washington memoir. Dorey-Stein writes with a fine eye for detail and conveys it with freshness, candor and humor. She takes her readers with her on a vertiginous tour of the world [...] 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 New York Times)

"A sassy, genuinely hilarious and poignant tale... This marvellously addictive read is worth the cover price for its insider account of Obama's presidency alone." (Caroline Sanderson Bookseller)

"Love and heartbreak, ambition and jealousy, whirlwind travel to exotic locales and more page-turning drama than your favourite addictive novel. Consider yourself warned: this is not your father’s White House memoir." (Camille Perri, author of The Assistants)

"An entertaining behind-the-scenes memoir of a young Obama White House staffer." (Lorraine Candy Sunday Times Style Magazine)

"As someone who loves The West Wing, From the Corner of the Oval Office spoke to my geeky heart and gives great, sometimes surprising, insights into what it’s like to work for one of the most powerful person on the planet." (Sarah Shaffi Stylist)

"Bright pink and zinging with energy and sparkle...this book beautifully recaptures those vanished days of Obama's gentle wisdom. What makes it stand out among fly-on-the-wall accounts of the White House is Beck's honesty about the roller-coaster love affair she embarks on with a senior staffer, a grade-one, Jilly-Cooper-novel rotter." (Daily Mail)

"Set against the backdrop of a White House full 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 discovering her voice in the process." (Glamour's best books to read in 2018)

About the Author

A graduate of Wesleyan University in Connecticut, BECK DOREY-STEIN worked as a
White House stenographer from 2012 to 2017. Previously she worked as a high
school English teacher in Hightstown, New Jersey, Washington, DC, and Seoul,
South Korea. This is her first book.

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