Library Journal Review
When Facebook COO Sandberg's (Lean In) husband died unexpectedly, she had to figure out how to cope. When the preferred option, option A, is impossible, one must learn to navigate a new reality. Here Sandberg and Grant (managment, psychology, Wharton Sch. of Business) explore how to find strength when your life takes an unexpected and painful turn. Speaking with others who suffered devastating loss, Sandberg and Grant examine the ways those individuals find comfort. The authors incorporated both scientific research and personal narratives to offer practical advice about dealing with grief. Helpful to victims of loss as well as friends and family who are trying to offer support, this book offers succinct recommendations for life after tragedy. Eliza Donovan provides a well-modulated performance. -VERDICT This book is an excellent addition to collections containing works on grief. ["This captivating memoir offers genuine hope": LJ starred 5/1/17 review of the Knopf hc.]-Cheryl Youse, Colquitt Cty. H.S., Norman Park, GA © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Publishers Weekly Review
Sandberg (Lean In), the COO of Facebook, and Grant (Originals), a Wharton professor of psychology, affirm in their helpful and hopeful new book that "there's no one way to grieve and no one way to comfort." For those who have suffered through a tragedy, this book provides helpful 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 draws on her own pain around the sudden death of her husband, Dave, and 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." (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Booklist Review
Sandberg, COO at Facebook and author of the national bestseller Lean In (CH, Dec'13, 51-2183), and Grant (management and psychology, Wharton School, Univ. of Pennsylvania) focus on the grieving process and becoming resilient amid tragedy and loss. During a travel getaway, Sandberg discovers her husband's lifeless body on a hotel gym floor. Readers follow the complexities of her grieving in a first-person, intimate account sprinkled with stories of resilient individuals around the world, along with coping strategies that may be helpful to readers. Though Sandberg is affluent and her boss is Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook co-founder and CEO, she notes that not every individual has the workplace flexibility and compassion afforded to her, making the case throughout the book for national policy and social changes. Sandberg promotes "the Platinum Rule: treat others as they want to be treated," as each person has specific personal needs and grieves uniquely. Raising resilient children after loss is also briefly discussed. To make for smooth reading, the studies cited are listed at the end of the book under a "Notes" section--this categorizes the book as less academic and more suited for a general audience. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers. --Jorge Enrique Perez, Florida International University
Booklist Review
*Starred Review* Sandberg, author of the mega-hit Lean In (2013) and COO for Facebook, teams up with Wharton's top professor, Grant, also a best-selling author, most recently of Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World (2016), in this powerful treatise about overcoming life's toughest challenges. After Sheryl's husband, Dave, passed away unexpectedly in 2015, she was consumed by grief and terrified that their two children wouldn't have a normal, healthy childhood without their father. With the support of family, friends, and psychologist Grant, she was able to find her way back to happiness. Sandberg and Grant explore how we deal with adversity, but perhaps more important, they discuss how we can be fiercely resilient in the face of tragedy. Sandberg embraced the idea that when option A fails you, you must find another way. And so she moved on to option B. Sandberg and Grant weave her personal journey into a larger, more inclusive framework of adversity in this 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.--Smith, Patricia Copyright 2017 Booklist