Option B by Sheryl Sandberg
Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy

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7 Critic Reviews

How Sandberg’s two children will feel in years to come about their mother’s willingness to publicly detail significant moments of their grieving for their father is moot. But, occasional winces aside, the book contains important messages both for individuals and for employers.
-Financial Times

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#1 New York Times Best Seller

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.
 

About Sheryl Sandberg

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Sheryl Sandberg is chief operating officer at Facebook. Prior to Facebook, she was vice president of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google and chief of staff at the U.S. Treasury Department. Sheryl lives in Northern California with her husband and their two children.
 
Published April 24, 2017 by Knopf. 242 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Self Help, Parenting & Relationships, Business & Economics, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Option B
All: 7 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Above average
on Mar 31 2017

A book that provides illuminating ways to make headway through the days when there doesn't seem to be a way forward.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Jun 19 2017

Those suffering as well as those seeking to provide comfort should find both solace and wisdom in this book, which observes, “Resilience is not a fixed personality trait. It’s a lifelong project.”

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NY Journal of Books

Above average
Reviewed by Constance Scharff PhD on Apr 26 2017

...informs grief counseling and community support for a long time. As well it should. Yes, Sandberg is privileged, but that does not discount her very real suffering or the quality research, presented by Grant, into the ways in which we can support people who are grieving.

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Decatur Daily

Good
Reviewed by Mary Kay Temple on May 21 2017

The audience for this book is anyone who has experienced a serious misfortune or bereavement, or anyone who knows someone who has suffered loss — that is, all of us.

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Detroit News / AP

Good
Reviewed by Barbara Ortutay on Apr 24 2017

A humbled follow-up to her first book, “Lean In ,” it’s also a how-to, drawing from studies and the experiences of others to describe techniques for building strength and resilience and ways to support those going through hard times.

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Financial Times

Above average
Reviewed by Sarah Gordon on May 10 2017

How Sandberg’s two children will feel in years to come about their mother’s willingness to publicly detail significant moments of their grieving for their father is moot. But, occasional winces aside, the book contains important messages both for individuals and for employers.

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Excellent
Reviewed by Patricia Smith on Apr 10 2017

Option B is not simply a self-help book for those who are suffering; rather, it is a richly informed, engaging read that will broaden readers’ understanding of empathy and reveal the strength of the human spirit.

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