Sarah’s Bookshelves Live

Hosted BySarah Dickinson

Sarah’s Bookshelves Live is a weekly show featuring real talk about books and book recommendations from a featured guest. Each week, Sarah of the blog Sarah’s Bookshelves will talk with her guest about:


I’m getting real about all things books and serving you up a bit of snark on the side.

Ep. 26: Beck Dorey-Stein (Author of From the Corner of the Oval)

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

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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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