Option B by Sheryl Sandberg

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 y...

Details Option B

TitleOption B
Release DateApr 24th, 2017
PublisherW H Allen
Number of pages240 pages
GenreNonfiction, Self Help, Psychology, Autobiography, Memoir, Business

Reviews Option B

  • Rebecca Eisenberg
    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 her. That said, the advice she offers in this book does not seem relevant or helpful to almost anyone but Sheryl Sandberg (with the possible exception of other billionaire celebrities with limitless job security and financial resources). For example, ...
  • Abel Keogh
    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 more resilient than we think. We not only have the ability to cope with devastating life events but can rediscover joy and find greater and deeper meaning and appreciation for life. It helps readers learn how to own situations instead of having situat...
  • Jennifer Blankfein
    Sheryl Sandberg suffered a tragic and unthinkable loss when her husband died on vacation, and just like anyone else, she had to develop coping strategies and solutions to problems in order to work through her grief, comfort her children and get back to living. Her personal story is honest, devastating and inspiring as she, along with her friend and co-writer, Adam Grant, present a lot of great information and ideas for those who have experienced ...
  • MISA Thakur
    The best book I have come across on grieving and healing
  • Jay
    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 full-time wife...And it is with that in mind that I must tell you, Sheryl Sandberg blew me away. While I could appreciate her earlier book, 'Lean In,' Option B was one of the most raw, gut wrenching reads I've had in some time. If there's anything she l...
  • Azhar
    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 uses Sheryl's tragedy to openly discuss trauma, it's impact, recovery, and post trauma growth in a tone free of pretension. I especially appreciated parts of the book that recommended actions to take to support a friend experiencing a loss of some kin...
  • Jess Johnson
    This was interesting to read after 'Lean In.' In some ways, Sheryl is absolutely humbled by the tragedy that hit her family. She openly talks through the vulnerability and admits to a lot of the assumptions she made with 'Lean In' coming from a place of stability and privilege. I enjoy how she dips into the research on real techniques that help in very concrete ways.That said, Sandberg still approaches things from privilege. In her worst moment, ...
  • Sheila
    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 privileged women, one of the unique, and maybe not the voice to speak to me. Option B though shows us that Sandberg is not necessarily that privileged, as she suddenly is left a widow and single parent when her husband dies suddenly at a young age while ...
  • SerialReader
    A cathartic book for Sheryl but it doesn't give much constructive advice. Way too general.
  • Teri
    This is a short book on handling grief, or as the author calls it "Option B". That's the plan you have to go with when life takes you off course and on a new path. Sheryl Sandberg is an executive at Facebook and was on a vacation in Mexico with her husband Dave, and their friends. Dave died on that trip while working out at the resort gym. It was completely unexpected. This started Sheryl and her two children on their path down Option B. This boo...
  • Tim
    I walked into this book knowing who Sheryl Sandberg was, but without honestly knowing the tragic events that led up to her writing this book. So for me, it was a huge surprise. As some of the other reviewers have noted, many of the concepts she touches on learning and adapting are seemingly basic, however—all of the best ways to help yourself during tragedy usually are. It's having the strength to apply those basics in the moment of tragedy tha...
  • Jennifer
    A wonderful and generous book. Sandberg tells her story after the sudden death of her husband. She uses her experience to do what she learned is an indicator of resilience and survival: helping others. Grieving is a common denominator of the human condition and while she acknowledges her privilege, she writes about the support and compassion that everyone deserves and advocates for universal policy change and access to resources so everyone can g...
  • Claire Lee
    Sheryl Sandberg, one of my idols, and Adam Grant, one of the best professors I had at Wharton, band together to write a book exploring how we can move forward and become resilient towards trauma in our lives. The balance of anecdotes, research, and even humor was perfect, as well as Sheryl's candid narrative about losing her husband Dave and coping.
  • Diogenicus Maximus
    It’s rude to criticize grieving widows. Maybe it’s even mean or cruel, and a boiling cauldron awaits me in Hell. But Sheryl Sandberg’s new book, Option B, is hard to take seriously, especially for those of us who are not multi-millionaires and have lost a spouse and been left alone caring for young children.Many glowing reviews have been written about Option B, but few reviews mention the glaring inadequacies of this book. This is probably ...
  • Liz
    WOW. Reading "Option B" was such a gift. This book is going next to "When Bad Things Happen to Good People" on the shelf* for rough times in my own life and in the lives of those I love. I highly recommend this for those who are navigating a tough time--whether recent tragedy, or an ongoing crisis. As I finish this book today, I'm pregnant again after losing my first baby in a late-term miscarriage last summer. Reading this was uplifting, informa...
  • Larry Olson
    This is really more of a memoir than a researched book on resilience. It is unclear where Adam Grant contributed which is a shame because Sheryl's recommendations and observations on overcoming (her) horrible loss and meeting with adversity is seen through a very privileged woman's perspective. Her pain and anguish is thoughtfully considered and one can't help but feel devastated with her as she describes the horror of an unexpected death of her ...
  • Eden
    Ok, so I will include my status updates as part of my review and then give more feelings, analysis, reactions, etc.05/22/17: Started reading05/23/17: "Part way through Disc 2 now! It would be good to have this in print. It's good advice, it's so hard to relate to at times bc she's from Silicon Valley and is upper class."05/23/17: "So far it's good, but this woman comes from such a high social standing it's hard to relate to...I mean really second...
  • Emiel Aerts
    At the start of a 30-hour journey, 'Option B' was the first book I ever bought with the intention of reading the whole book in one go, to prepare myself for a sequence of flights I expected to be dreadful. I am happy I did.I believe this book is published to offer support to those who suffer from great hardships and perhaps grief, and to guide a way to develop resilience. Although I am not in a position that would fit that profile right now, I wo...
  • Susan Valentine
    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 ways to deal with grief but I worry that it may set unrealistic expectations for many who are grieving (especially those who don't have the same internal and external resources that Sandberg has).
  • Harshini Nawarathna
    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 information about lot of researches done in Psychology, related to grief and how someone can start a new life after an unexpected event happened in life. I still do not think that I will be able to ask or mention about any person a friend or family los...
  • Sarah Agar
    What I thought was going to be a tear jerker of a read turned out to be quite educational. Obviously yes, the loss of Sheryl's husband is a horribly sad story, as is anyone losing a spouse, but the other side to this book gave me a first hand account of what people grieving are thinking and hoping other people know. Obviously we can't read each other's minds to know exactly what to say or how to act when someone has gone through something unimagi...
  • Divya
    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 and as one, it is a very powerful one. Several times, I found myself choking up as I read/listened to Sandberg talk about her husband's death. But the research itself could be condensed into a single TED talk. A lot of the advice on how to grieve or h...
  • Florence Millo
    Option B by Sheryl Sandberg Two years ago, while on vacation in Mexico, Sheryl's husband, Dave, unexpectedly died while exercising. Suddenly, she was a widow with two young children. This book is really two books. It is the story of how she worked through the fog and the grief with the help of family and friends. It is also about how we, as a friend, as a community, as an organization, can support each other in times of overwhelming tragedy and t...
  • Stephanie
    Parts of this book are devastatingly sad, parts are enlightening and wise. I think Sandburg and Grant do a good job of sharing best practices for getting through grief and building resilience. That said, there is also an untenable vibe throughout the book that smacks of a self-serving celebrity trying to tell us how to live our lives. (Dare I say, it's a bit Paltrow-esque?) I don't know what it is about Sandburg that is so smart, charming, inspir...
  • Krista
    as a person overcoming a tragic loss, I found this book very helpful and powerful, giving many useful answers. Very grateful to Sheryl Sandberg for opening up and writing this book.
  • Melissa
    Vulnerable and accurate account of what it's like to lose a spouse in your mid-40s with two small children, and how we can exercise and grow our resiliency muscle.
  • Raj
    Instead of writing a formal review, thought I'd leave you with some powerful quotes from the book. Enjoy :) "Life is never perfect. We all live some form of Option B."The 3 P's that can stunt recovery: "(1) personalization—the belief that we are at fault; (2) pervasiveness—the belief that an event will affect all areas of our life; and (3) permanence—the belief that the aftershocks of the event will last forever." “Part of every misery is...
    I read his book because I've heard about it in a podcast some weeks ago. It's a book to survive the loss of your spouse and it deals with pain, a lot of pain, and the many ways to deal with it. She is a strong woman and it was still almost unbearable and that left me wondering....Ho deciso di leggere questo libro perché ne avevo sentito parlare in un podcast qualche settimana fa. L'autrice racconta come é "sopravvissuta" alla morte del marito e...
  • Hannah Bierwirth
    I found this book to be well written and well researched. It is an immensely difficult subject matter to write about, but Sandberg and Grant are able to broach the topic of grief with grace. I most liked the way the authors weaved together research on overcoming adversity with anecdotes from either their own lives or the lives of others. We all face loss in our lives. Books like these can show us ways to recover when it happens, and shine light o...
  • Jennifer
    I didn't read this book as closely as Lean In because I luckily haven't experienced extreme tragedy. I skimmed and enjoyed it though. Sheryl Sandberg is a great storyteller and a seamless writer. Now I know this book is out there as a resource for if / when I do need it.