Friday, May 19, 2017

Option B by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant: Non-fiction

Authors Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant collaborated in writing Option B, a notable non-fiction resource on facing adversity, building resilience, and finding joy.  In the introduction, Sandberg indicates that the pieces written in the first person are to be attributed to her and anything written in the third person are Grant's contributions.

Sandberg portrays a profound picture of the sudden death of her spouse while on a trip in Mexico.  She explains how it happened and the immediate aftermath of her discovery of her spouse dying and what happens next. Sandberg delves into the reality of her spouse being no more and returning home to tell her young children this heartbreaking fact of their father gone forever. Sandberg's contributions are a powerful depiction of grappling with loss and that after the emotional survival there is sunshine with a difference.

Whereas Grant's contributions focuses on a variety of losses originating from divorce and other forces of life.  As a reader these juxtaposition situations cause a re-focus of moving from one situation to another with very different emotional impacts and yet resolving the issues to assist in advancing with day-to-day living despite the loss one encounters.

Option B serves different audiences; it is difficult to determine how to rate this resource.  If you are seeking to identify with Sandberg's situation then focus on her pieces. But if you have other issues stemming from a different kind of loss then focus on Grant's contributions. It was a puzzling read to move from one situation to another.

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