Podcast Episode 26: Beck Dorey-Stein (Author of the memoir From the Corner of the Oval)

Beck Dorey-Stein

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

Two NEW Books She Loves

One New Release She’s Excited About

Other Books Mentioned

About Beck

Beck Dorey-Stein with From the Corner of the OvalAuthor Website | Instagram | Facebook

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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  1. Catherine wrote:

    What a great episode! I knew she wasn’t going to spill, but I still wanted to know who the asshat she dated was.

    One of my favorite NYC novels is Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin and the other is (no surprise to you) Swans of Fifth Avenue.

    Posted 8.12.19 Reply

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