Option B

Option B

Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy

Book - 2017
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"From Facebook's COO and Wharton's top-rated professor, the #1New York Timesbest-selling authors ofLean InandOriginals:a powerful, inspiring, and practical book about building resilience and moving forward after life's inevitable setbacks. 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.
"The author's experience with grief after the sudden death of her husband, combined with social science on resilience"-- 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 M. - Author

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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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bejoyce
Jul 17, 2017

My favorite quote from this book:

Tragedy breaks down your door and takes you prisoner. To escape takes effort and energy. Seeking joy after facing adversity is taking back what was stolen from you.

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thelibrarylush
Jul 13, 2017

I would have liked this better if it had just been a memoir of Sandberg dealing with her grief. Having the research added in just kind of took some of the emotion out of it for me. It was like "my children will now have to live without their father, along with [insert statistic]" (not an exact quote, but you get the gist). It did have some good points of how people deal with grief differently and there's no timeline for how long one should "properly" grieve. It also gave good points on how to be a friend to someone who is grieving. Overall I liked it, just wish the research part had been left out of it.

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PatB
Jul 03, 2017

There's now a review of this book in "Positive Psychology News Daily" http://positivepsychologynews.com/news/lisa-sansom/2017070336893

lindab2662 Jun 12, 2017

Speaking from personal experience, this book gives just the right kind and right amount of advice. Grief and the path forward is different for every person but Sheryl gives some worthwhile suggestions for anyone overcoming adversity. I especially agree with ideas to not let an event be pervasive or permanent. Hard to do when you feel underwater. I found the logic behind journaling to be spot on. That helped me even when I didn't know why.

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