One of the top five books I have ever read!
I had expected this book to provide a sneak-peek into the behind-the-scenes lives and operations of President and Mrs. Obama. By the time I realized it wasn’t, I was already hooked into Beck’s storyline because I connected with her laid-bare soul. As I was reading, I felt myself riding alongside her emotional roller-coaster: empathizing with her insecurities, appreciating her sense of humor, celebrating her achievements, warning her of imminent dangers of the heart, chastising her for giving in to those dangers, judging her for courting and repeating the same mistake, recognizing that she is a good person trying to find the “right” path, rooting for her to overcome her vulnerability, and cheering for her success. By the end of the book, I admired her as a writer as well as a person. Beck, if by chance you read this review, all of your friends and family who have encouraged you to write are right: you are a talented writer, and I look forward to your next book.
As a 20-something female who has also lived in D.C., I found your book very relatable and so inspiring! I loved reading about your amazing experiences traveling the world and working for President Obama. Great job on your first book!
An interesting perspective into the workings of the WH. Could have done with less about your drinking and drinking and drinking creating too many dramas for the sake of being dramatic. Otherwise an easy relaxing interesting read.
I read this book in one day! Absolutely a fabulous read! I couldn’t put it down. Thank you for your perspective.
It is 1:23 am and I’m finishing this book after reading nonstop for hours. So much fun. And so heartfelt. I appreciate having a front row seat. And yes I did hear the whoosh. Thanks for a great ride.
Devolves into insipid dysfunction. A 6 year opportunity in the Obama White House wasted.
Wonderful read. Great weekend of entertainment. Thank you!
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If this was a work of fiction, I'd say Stein is an endearing character. She's young, intelligent, enthusiastic, and it's clear that she treasured the time she spent with the 44th President of the United States. However, the memoir isn't all about work; Stein discusses, in great detail, her love life during her time as a stenographer. I admire her courage in admitting the mistakes she made along the way, it goes to show that a young woman can be intelligent and still make the same mistakes that most young women do.
I enjoyed reading about the different locations she visited and her infrequent encounters with former-president Obama. These are described in clear, stunning detail and her boundless enthusiasm for traveling to different countries is contagious. Her insights and inner dialogue are described to readers in a chatty, conversational tone that I found irresistible.
Readers looking for a conventional political memoir should steer clear. You will be disappointed because this isn't another person's insights about the 44th President of the U.S.; however, readers who are looking for an unconventional glimpse of what the world of politics is life from somebody who is low on the totem-pole will love From the Corner of the Oval.