Book Review: From the Corner of the Oval Office by Beck Dorey-Stein

From the Corner of the OvalFrom the Corner of the Oval by Beck Dorey-Stein
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 stars.

Thank you to Random House and Beck Dorey-Stein for this Advanced Reader’s Edition.

In my 20’s I lived in Northern Virginia during the 90’s. During graduate school at George Mason, I considered Law School and going on to work for a lobbying firm owned by one of my professors. I have an understanding of the atmosphere evoked in this auto-biography.

I devoured this book. Magnificent, yet easy to read.

Read 5/21-22/2018

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Book Review – Katharine Lee Bates From Sea to Shining Sea by Melinda M. Ponder

Katharine Lee Bates: From Sea to Shining SeaKatharine Lee Bates: From Sea to Shining Sea by Melinda M. Ponder

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5+ stars.

It’s taken me a few months to write this review. I need to thank the author and the publisher, Windy City Press, for the complimentary copy and apologize for the delay in writing and posting a review. I’ve had a tremendous book hangover and haven’t been sure I can adequately express how much I loved this book.

This is historical non-fiction written at it’s best and as a bonus for me, about my favorite time periods and about books and authors.

While reading I took some notes, I’ll share them here:
Page 18, Beautifully crafted writing.
Page 24, Densely packed with fascinating facts and information. Not one word out of place.
Page 132, Sweeping history of the times while staying true to the central story of Katharine Lee Bates and her life.
Page 172, In the late 1890’s, Katharine Lee Bates wrote, “America has long realized that she stands pledged … to demonstrate the power of democracy, with its free schools, free ballot, and free religious thought, to elevate mankind.” A 120 years later this sentiment is more important than ever…

Any lover of writing, books, poetry, the history of publishing in America, Victorian era America, western expansion, Civil War reformation, women’s rights, American history, Falmouth and shipping, the founding of Wellesley College and more, will find something in this book.

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Petition update · H.R. 438 The first articles of Impeachment have been filed. · ** shared 

JUL 13, 2017 — A House Democrat filed an impeachment resolution against President Trump on Wednesday, circulating legislative text that accuses Trump of obstructing justice by “threatening, and then terminating” James B. Comey, the former FBI director — and openly echoes charges that ultimately drove Richard M. Nixon from the presidency 43 years ago.

“Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) told reporters last week that the draft resolution he was preparing would be “remarkably similar” to the obstruction-of-justice article that the House Judiciary Committee adopted against Nixon in 1974, and there has indeed been some intergenerational copying-and-pasting.”…

Sherman said he was clear-eyed about the obstacles ahead: “I have no illusions,” he said. “Articles of Impeachment will not pass the House in the near future. But given the risk posed to the Republic, we should move things forward as quickly as possible.”