Not only is this an intriguing title for a memoir, but I love the idea of reading about the White House experience from a point of view that we rarely hear about. Even better was hearing about the experience from someone who didn’t start out especially political. It’s one thing to have a dream of working at the White House and taking deliberate steps to getting there, but it’s an entertaining thought that anyone could just happen into it.
From the Corner of the Oval is a memoir of Dorey-Stein’s time working at the White House but it’s not about politics. There’s what I would consider an unavoidable political awakening, but it’s not really about that either. This memoir covers the time, both personally and professionally. It did seem to cover more personal things at times, but even those times are only possible because of the experience of being in that particular job, especially with those particular people.
Given that this memoir is by someone that most would consider a background character to what was going on in her piece of the world, the writing is what really makes it interesting. Dorey-Stein got to live in a magical little piece of history that doesn’t come around very often and she had a front row seat to quite a bit of it. I appreciated both the insights she was able to give to those times and the way her story relates how hard all of it can be on someone’s life.