#1 New York Times Best Seller Named a Best Book of 2017 by Barnes & Noble and Amazon 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.
"A remarkable achievement: generous, honest, poignant. Option B reveals an aspect of Sandberg's character-her impulse to be helpful. This is a book that will be quietly passed from hand to hand, and it will surely offer great comfort to its intended readers . . . The candor and simplicity with which she shared all of it is a kind of gift . . . Helpful, moving." -Caitlin Flanagan, The New York Times "The overwhelming message of this book is: We're a lot more resilient than we think we are. But there are things we can do for ourselves, and for other people who are hurting, that will really allow that resilience to bloom." -Katie Couric "Sandberg is wise and honest and funny and practical in ways that are likely to stay with the reader. Her deeply personal book is more than memoir; interspersed with devastating scenes are equally powerful strategies for coping when your world has gone tilt." -Tracy Grant, The Washington Post "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 "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 "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 "Illuminating, original, and deeply inspiring, Option B is one part riveting memoir, one part heal-your-heart boot camp, one part stories of others who learned to thrive in the face of profound loss: a practical, vital contribution to the literature on loss and resilience." -Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild "Like her debut volume, Sandberg's Option B is an optimistic book, even if one riven with sorrow. She argues that after adversity and loss, there is an opportunity for 'post-traumatic growth.' Thus the book is in part a moving memoir." -Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker "Sandberg's new book is tough, full of the raw, painful emotions . . . Option B [has] advice for people who are grieving. But it's also a book for nearly everyone-people who may not know what to say or do in the wake of a tragedy. It's also a deeply optimistic book, framed around the question, what's next?" -Rebecca J. Rosen, The Atlantic "Intimate, personal . . . Within Option B there are lessons for leaders who want to make organizations more resilient, help employees recover from a loss-or crisis-and create workplaces that are more prepared to deal with failure." -Jena McGregor, The Los Angeles Times "Admirably honest, optimistic . . . Sandberg shares a great deal of herself and what she has learned. At its core the book helps those who have been felled by despair: a guide both for those who have directly suffered loss and for those who are close to people who have." -The Economist "Though it was inspired by a deeply personal tragedy, Option B details Sandberg's experience and the topic of resilience more broad
Sheryl Sandberg, geboren 1969, ist COO und Mitglied des Verwaltungsrates von Facebook. Nach dem Studium in Harvard arbeitete sie bei der Weltbank und als Stabchefin von Finanzminister Larry Summers unter Bill Clinton. Danach machte sie das Anzeigengeschäft für Google rentabel. Auf einer Party lernte Sandberg 2007 Mark Zuckerberg kennen. Sie hat aus der coolen Klitsche Facebook ein profitables Unternehmen gemacht. Sheryl Sandberg lebt mit ihrer Familie in der Bay Area in Kalifornien.