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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 (Hardback)
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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 (Hardback)

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Hardback 352 Pages / Published: 12/07/2018
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Waterstones Says

With writing at once hilariously funny, outrageously close to the bone and profoundly honest, David Sedaris has earned an adoring following. In his new collection of growing pains in the post-truth age he’s at his best.

'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

The compulsively readable, behind-the-scenes memoir that takes readers inside the Obama White House, through the eyes of a young staffer learning the ropes, falling in love and finding her place in the world.

In 2012, Beck Dorey-Stein was just scraping by in Washington DC when a posting on Craigslist landed her, improbably, in the Oval Office as one of Barack Obama's stenographers.

She joined the elite team who accompanied the president wherever he went, recorder and mic in hand.

On whirlwind trips across time zones, Beck forged friendships with a tight group of fellow travellers - young men and women who, like her, left their real lives behind to hop aboard Air Force One in service of the president.

But as she learned the ropes of protocol, Beck became romantically entangled with a colleague, and suddenly, the political became all too personal. 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.

Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9781787630871
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 573 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 33 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'This bright pink book, zinging with energy and sparkle, tells a true story to give hope to all despairing job-seekers.' - The Daily Mail

'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

'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

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“The story of how Beck Dorey-Stein accidentally became a Stenographer for President Obama...”

I received a proof of this book in exchange for a frank and fair review.

...and the crazy life in the job.

For me, Barack Obama becoming President was one of the greatest moments in time and history and it was the... More

Hardback edition
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“Anecdotes about time spent with the president were great.”

I was initially really excited to get my hands on this as I’ve thoroughly enjoyed some other memoirs from Obama staffers during his time as POTUS.
This one however didn’t quite hit the mark for me. The parts of the... More

Hardback edition
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Sarah at Guildford

“I’m genuinely sad that this is over!”

I absolutely loved this book. I devoured it within about five days, and I especially raced through the last half. I sobbed uncontrollably for the last 30 pages or so. For British readers, it’s like Dolly Alderton’s... More

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