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Option B


From Facebook’s COO and Wharton’s top-rated professor, the #1 New York Times best-selling authors of Lean In and Originals: 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.

Title:Option B
Edition Language:English
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Number of Pages:240 pages
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    Option B Reviews

  • Abel Keogh
    Apr 19, 2017

    I’m honored to be a small part of Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant’s new book Option B. (See page 164.) The message of the book is one that everyone can benefit and learn from: We are stronger and m...

  • Rebecca Eisenberg
    May 11, 2017

    Sheryl Sandberg lost her husband, and that is very sad, and is a tragedy that no one deserves. Also, SS learned how to gain resilience and re-find joy, which is fantastic, and I know we all wish for h...

  • MISA Thakur
    Mar 31, 2017

    The best book I have come across on grieving and healing...

  • Jay
    Apr 25, 2017

    Sheryl Sandberg, you simply understand. Thank you.As a female who has worked in tech, specifically in social media, I must say, I lack investment in corporate life. I'm the one who wants to be the ful...

  • Azhar
    Apr 26, 2017

    This one is a tear jerker - ugly criers be warned. Beyond the Instagram selfies and humble brag Facebook posts is a ton of grief in all of our lives that we do our best to hide from others. Option B u...

  • Sheila
    Apr 25, 2017

    I have not yet read Sandberg's popular book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, even though I have a copy on my book shelf. For some reason I previusly thought of Sandberg as one of those priv...

  • SerialReader
    May 14, 2017

    A cathartic book for Sheryl but it doesn't give much constructive advice. Way too general. ...

  • Susan Valentine
    May 20, 2017

    It may not be fair but I couldn't help but compare to the unforgettably raw and moving memoirs on loss by Joyce Carol Oates, Joan Didion and Sonali Deraniyagala (Wave). It has some useful advice on wa...

  • Harshini Nawarathna
    May 20, 2017

    The book is about coping with the grief. Sheryl explined about her own feeling after loosing her husband and how she managed to deal with it and raised her two children for two years. This includes in...

  • Divya
    May 07, 2017

    I figured this would be a half parts Sheryl Sandberg's memoir and half parts Adam Grant's research on the topic of resilience. The actual outcome was a little more off balance. It is mostly a memoir a...