In Episode 26, Beck Dorey-Stein, author of From the Corner of the Oval (my review), joins me to talk about working in the White House, being in your 20’s, and her second book!
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- A couple fun anecdotes about Presidential staffers and life in the White House.
- How / when Beck decided to write about memoir about her experience.
- The original premise of Beck’s memoir (which was different than the final book)…and how The New Yorker‘s David Remnick helped shape it.
- Our thoughts on why your 20’s are an underrated hard time in your life.
- Beck’s advice for women in their 20’s.
- How she decided what personal details to include.
- How her book was “vetted” by the White House prior to publication.
- What Beck has been up to since she left the White House.
- How Beck de-stresses after writing each day.
- A bit about Beck’s second book (which is in the works!).
- Having creative dreams in Washington, D.C.
- A book of poems for people that don’t generally read poetry.
- Trash-talking with President Obama.
Beck’s Book Recommendations
Two OLD Books She Loves
- The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen | Buy from Amazon [24:03]
- Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger | Buy from Amazon [26:05]
Two NEW Books She Loves
- Life of the Partyby Olivia Gatwood | Buy from Amazon [31:10]
- The Golden State by Lydia Kiesling | Buy from Amazon [33:29]
One New Release She’s Excited About
- Buy Yourself the F*cking Lilliesby Tara Schuster (Release Date: February 18, 2020) | Buy from Amazon [35:30]
Other Books Mentioned
- A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole | Buy from Amazon [25:42]
- My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff (My Review) | Buy from Amazon [26:52]
- The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close (My Review) | Buy from Amazon [30:17]
- The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach | Buy from Amazon [42:47]
- Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes | Buy from Amazon [43:01]
A graduate of Wesleyan University, 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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