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Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy Paperback – 24 Apr 2017
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"Option B is the single wisest book about grief I have ever found ... I have tried to think of anyone who would not find Option B invaluable at some point in their life, and I can’t." (Decca Aitkenhead Guardian)
“I recommend this inspiring book to everyone around the world. None of us can escape sadness, loss, or life’s disappointments, so the best option is to find our Option B.” —Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Prize winner
“Sheryl writes about her own heartbreaking experience with a rare honesty. Then she and Adam translate her personal story into a powerful, practical guide for anyone trying to build resilience in their own lives, communities, and companies. It’s hard enough to resonate with readers. It’s even harder to help them take concrete steps toward a better future. Option B does both.” —Bill and Melinda Gates, co-chairs of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
“Thoughtful, insightful, and compelling. Both individually and collectively, we all need to understand the power of rehabilitation, recovery, and redemption if we are to overcome adversity. This incredible book doesn’t avoid the loss and tragedy we all sometimes encounter, but it is animated by a resolve that is both inspiring and instructive.” —Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative
“Option B is as hopeful as it is heartbreaking. Here are stories of sometimes unimaginable pain and loss, but also of how human beings nonetheless have the capacity to endure and even thrive. This book is not just an absorbing read. It also provides lessons that everyone needs to learn.” —Atul Gawande, author of Being Mortal
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.See all Product description
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The book has two parts intertwined into each other- Sheryl Sandberg's personal stories regarding her husband's death and Adam Grant's psychological research on resilience. The book is really interesting in parts where the stories are personal and Sheryl does a great job at bringing all the emotional elephants in the room out in the book. She discusses in detail all the feelings and difficult conversations she has with her friends and family after her unimaginable loss.
The book is a slight let down because then all the authenticity of emotions regarding grief seem to be washed and watered down with research and data. Sure research is important, but it would have been better if it were a separate book or a separate section so readers could choose which one to focus on. I'm not sure anyone in the midst of grieving would want to read, "Illness is a factor in more than 40% of the bankruptcies in the U.S., and there's evidence that people with cancer are more than 2.5 times more likely to file for bankruptcy."
The first 5 chapters seem to be more personalised and deal with recognising and managing feelings while the next 5 deal with building resilience and growing from loss and has more third-person stories.
It is a small book, and can easily be read in a short time. Although I recommend reading it for Sheryl's personal stories, I think there might be better books on grieving and facing adversity than this. [Do check out Man's Seach For Meaning by Victor Frankl]
[ I bought a paperback version of the book and the pages, binding, fonts are all good.]
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