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 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.

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  • Brenda
    Jun 16, 2017


    Ok I didn't quite get through this one before it disappeared from my IPad but I did get through most of it. I found the book to be helpful with good insight not only for someone grieving a loss but also for anyone who is suffering from or have a loved one suffering from a serious illne...

    Jun 4, 2017


    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 de...

  • Hannah Bierwirth
    Jun 2, 2017

    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 anecdote...

  • Larry Olson
    Jun 1, 2017

    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 per...

  • Jennifer Blankfein
    May 31, 2017

    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 hon...

  • Diogenicus Maximus
    May 31, 2017

    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...

  • Teri
    May 31, 2017


    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...

  • Eden
    May 28, 2017


    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...

  • Jess Johnson
    May 27, 2017

    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...

  • Liz
    May 26, 2017


    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 on...