Option B

Option B

Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy

eBook - 2017
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"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."--
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2017.
ISBN: 9781524732691
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (226 pages) : illustrations
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
Grant, Adam M. - Author

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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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bronteside
May 27, 2017

There has been a surge of recent widowhood books and Sheryl Sandberg's
Is the latest.
It is well written and evocative of loss, but reading it,I felt like I was in the self-help
Section at Chapters.
In many ways, her advice could be applied across the board ...on a spectrum from job loss
To divorce.
She certainly is privileged, and acknowledges she has an entire 'village' in the wings to help.
It is a little bit anecdote, a little cognitive therapy and simplified studies of research.
She seems to know everyone..and everyone who has suffered horrible and tragic loss.
Still, was worth reading; but Didions 'Magical Thinking', and Sharon Butala's "Where I Live now"'are my favourites. Their husbands were older,their marriages longer, and their grief
Quieter.

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Clamato
Apr 24, 2017

sure hope the library buys more than one copy!!!

debwalker Apr 18, 2017

Leaning in was simple in comparison. A powerful narrative of loss, overwhelming sorrow and the journey through grieving.

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