Option B

Option B

Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy

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"After the sudden death of her husband, Sheryl Sandberg felt certain that she and her children would never feel pure joy again. "I was in 'the void,'" she writes, "a vast emptiness that fills your heart and lungs and restricts your ability to think or even breathe." Her friend Adam Grant, a psychologist at Wharton, told her there are concrete steps people can take to recover and rebound from life-shattering experiences. We are not born with a fixed amount of resilience. It is a muscle that everyone can build. Option B combines Sheryl's personal insights with Adam's eye-opening research on finding strength in the face of adversity. Beginning with the gut-wrenching moment when she finds her husband, Dave Goldberg, collapsed on a gym floor, Sheryl opens up her heart--and her journal--to describe the acute grief and isolation she felt in the wake of his death. But Option B goes beyond Sheryl's loss to explore how a broad range of people have overcome hardships including illness, job loss, sexual assault, natural disasters, and the violence of war. Their stories reveal the capacity of the human spirit to persevere. and to rediscover joy. Resilience comes from deep within us and from support outside us. Even after the most devastating events, it is possible to grow by finding deeper meaning and gaining greater appreciation in our lives. Option B illuminates how to help others in crisis, develop compassion for ourselves, raise strong children, and create resilient families, communities, and workplaces. Many of these lessons can be applied to everyday struggles, allowing us to brave whatever lies ahead. Two weeks after losing her husband, Sheryl was preparing for a father-child activity. "I want Dave," she cried. Her friend replied, "Option A is not available," and then promised to help her make the most of Option B. We all live some form of Option B. This book will help us all make the most of it"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781524732684
1524732680
Characteristics: 226 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Grant, Adam (Psychologist),- Author

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devsalz
Nov 08, 2017

This is an example of a short essay that they've tried to expand into a book. A corporate elite suffers a human tragedy, shucks. Her wooden counselor adds some pointless material. It all descends into PC mush. Don't waste your time.

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PKShack
Oct 28, 2017

Sheryl Sandberg is the COO of one of the largest companies in the world. That fact does not exclude her from one of the biggest heartbreaks of life--the sudden loss of her husband. In writing this book, "Option B" with Adam Grant she takes the reader on an intimate journey into the experience from the moment of his death to the next twelve months, telling us how she transitioned from the initial shock, grief and difficulty coping to the place where she is now. What I loved about the book is how Sheryl's intelligence, vulnerabilities and courage came through. This is a woman who's corporate personae is not diminished by her candour. Each step of the way (and all the slips backwards) she provides anecdotes supported by coping methods that helped her get through each day; the parent teacher conferences without her husband, the first birthday without her husband, all the social events and important work challenges without her life partner and friend. This is a book about "facing adversity, building resilience and finding joy" again.

ontherideau Oct 09, 2017

Interesting points made . The author is right that not all people deal with grief the same way.
I have had my share of loss and heartbreak but prefer talking with close friends only. Maybe the difference between an introvert and extrovert but sometimes a person does forget the tragedy for a minute or two and then someone comes along and opens the wound with a question.

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fred98115
Oct 03, 2017

Informative read for those of us with gray hair. A revealing book about how one woman coped with the sudden death of her husband, grieving and adjusting to a new reality.

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Nikewingz
Sep 20, 2017

I went through a tough time with the loss of a relative and a relationship at the same time. I wish it was written earlier so I could have felt normal when I was going through so much grief. I can relate to alot of what she said.

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writermala
Sep 11, 2017

Option B is Sheryl Sandberg's account of the loss of her husband and how she coped with it. It is also about, as the subtitle says, facing adversity, building resilience, and finding joy. The very first chapter talks about not falling into the trap of the three P's namely permanence, pervasiveness, and personalization. As Sandberg explained these she had me hooked. While this book will serve as a great primer for someone suffering a loss it is also a good book for the general reader.

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MB85CAL
Sep 06, 2017

Highly recommend. Thank you Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant!

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KZhang1
Sep 04, 2017

I have read her another book Lean in. But Option B is much better. Way better than I expected. I never expected someone can share their minds and feeling so transparently. Moreover, I always think and reflect myself when I was reading it. Afterward, when something came up, some sentences in the book even came across my mind and remind me "it is not always because of you". I love this book. Highly recommended!

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Shalzis
Aug 23, 2017

When I picked up this book on a friend's recommendation, I did not expect it to be so absorbing. For a non fiction, I devoured almost 3/4 of the book the day I got it.
Sandberg speaks from the heart and tells her heartbreaking story of building resilience after a tragedy. She talks about some of her close friends (a lot of famous people) who have gone through similar histories and brings the reader into her own world.
Poignant, sad and a little humour here and there, this book is a definite must read.

AL_HOLLYR Jul 24, 2017

To start, I want to recognize that this must have been an extremely difficult book for Sandberg to write. I commend her bravery and openness in sharing her story.

I did not, however, like the format of this book. While I think it would have been fine as a single-authored memoir or guide book on dealing with grief/adversity, the mix of the two did not sit well with me. It was too jarring to flip repeatedly from personal passages detailing Sandberg's unimaginable loss to dry, clinical summaries of scientific studies about grief.

By the end of the book, I was left wanting to read a more traditional memoir authored only by Sandberg.

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