Option B

Option B

Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy

eBook - 2017
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After the sudden death of her husband, Sandberg felt certain that she and her children would never feel pure joy again. Grant, a friend, told her there are concrete steps people can take to recover and rebound from life-shattering experiences. Here they combine personal insights with research on finding strength in the face of adversity. 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.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2017
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781524732691
Characteristics: 1 online resource (226 pages) : illustrations
Additional Contributors: Grant, Adam M.


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Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Dec 17, 2017

Option B is the path someone is forced to take after something has gone horribly wrong. There are many heartbreaking moments in this book about the devastating loss Sheryl Sandberg suffered after her husband died. In Lean In she wrote about how supportive her husband David was, and this book is about her life after he's gone. The most poignant parts are about her children, and how she worries about helping them with their grief when she is in so much pain herself.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sep 06, 2017

Highly recommend. Thank you Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant!

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!

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.

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