Media Center: ‘Option B’ by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
WHO: Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
WHAT: OPTION B:
Facing Adversity, Building Resilience,
and Finding Joy
WHEN: Published by Knopf April 25, 2017
WHY: “Moving and illuminating…
A memoir of the loss of a husband and finding a path forward beyond the grieving process.
“Sandberg was living a life with all of the fulfillments one could hope for. After a comfortable upbringing and education at Harvard, she worked her way up to become a vice president at Google and eventually the COO of Facebook. She presented a popular TED talk and then wrote a book on her “lean in” conceptualization of women in the workplace. However, no amount of professional accomplishment could prepare her for the sudden passing of her husband, Dave, in 2015, after which she had to figure out how to carry on as a mother of two and make the shattered pieces fit back together.
“This moving book is the result. Writing with Grant, a highly rated professor at Wharton, Sandberg explores how to weather the storm of grief, applying concrete skills in addition to more complex theories of psychology about how to find meaning in life-changing circumstances. Going deeper and broader than the commonly understood stages of grief, the authors look at different factors that can stunt recovery after a loss—e.g., self-blame and the fear that the loss will permeate every aspect of life indefinitely. Sandberg shows her struggle with finding a comfort level regarding the sharing of her emotional status and learning when to push the level as well as when to respect it.
“The challenges of moving forward are immense beyond understanding for anyone outside of the experience; this accounting of Sandberg’s resilience does for the process of grieving what her previous work has done for women in the workplace. A book that provides illuminating ways to make headway through the days when there doesn’t seem to be a way forward. “
“A helpful and hopeful book.
“For those who have suffered through a tragedy, this book provides advice in the form of case studies, expert commentary, coping mechanisms, and, most of all, hope, expounding upon ‘the capacity of the human spirit to persevere.’
“Sandberg shares what she has learned about resilience with a tone that is raw and candid. Her experiences led her to ask how others have dealt with and survived such adversity. These interviewees supply their stories, and Grant shares his perspective and knowledge as a psychologist. Both authors show how positive outcomes, such as strengthened relationships and a greater sense of gratitude, can be gleaned from awful situations. 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.’
“This captivating memoir offers genuine hope.
Sandberg and Grant demonstrate how people can discover a new purpose in life by seeking meaning in tragedy and helping others escape the quagmire of despair.”
—Deborah Bigelow, in a starred review for LIBRARY JOURNAL
“A powerful treatise about overcoming life’s toughest challenges.
A well-researched book of facts and sound advice that will serve as a guide to those impacted by life’s wicked curve balls. 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.”
—Patricia Smith, in a starred review for BOOKLIST