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Option B
Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy | Adam Grant, Sheryl Sandberg
From Facebooks COO and Whartons 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 lifes 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 Sheryls personal insights with Adams 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 heartand her journalto describe the acute grief and isolation she felt in the wake of his death. But Option B goes beyond Sheryls 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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ClairesReads
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Although Sandberg's personal context is particular, there's a lot to take from this about what happens when Plan A fails. Sandberg's discussion of space, attitude, and patience real rang true for me. This was a timely reminder that our challenges, and traumas are PART of us but they are not us, and to be gentle with the people around us; we don't know what they're carrying around every day.

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ClairesReads
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New audio life

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IuliaCG
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Such interesting and useful insights on widowhood and how to bounce forward after having faced major life adversities

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StephanieGeiser
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In short, this is a must-read for anyone who is grieving or facing a major life change, especially one they did not anticipate.

This book was chosen for my book club to read in the month of August and once we are done I will be passing on my copy to a friend who unexpectedly lost her husband at the beginning of this year. I hope it brings her comfort. In any case, it has equipped me to be a better friend when anyone is coping with tragedy.

rather_be_reading i was looking for something like this!! 2mo
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StephanieGeiser

“...happiness is the joy you find on hundreds of forgettable Wednesdays.”

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kaitlinkellogg

Building resilience depends on the opportunities children have and the relationships they form with parents, caregivers, teachers, and friends. We can start by helping children develop four core beliefs: (1) they have some control over their lives; (2) they can learn from failure; (3) they matter as human beings; and (4) they have real strengths to rely on and share.

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Sharpeipup
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Kickin‘ the $%!* out of option B.
#audiobook #bfc #bookishfitnesschallenge

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janerzy
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My eyes moistened when reading some of those heartbreaking loss/tragedy, imagining what if it happened to me or my family (how I‘d feel and what I‘d do), and being inspired by the hope, courage and strength in those stories. For us to grow stronger, we ought to build and strengthen our resilience, within and among community.

Reach out for help, is a sign of strength to recognize when you don‘t have the skills to do something and want to improve!

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janerzy
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Currently reading: This is a book reminding us how to become more resilient when facing adversity.
Since I identified “Resilience” as one of my top 5 values, I enjoy getting as many information on this topic as possible. Btw, Brene Brown‘s The Call to Courage on Netflix is another great one on this topic!

“Let me fall if I must fall. The one I become will catch me.” 💪🏽 #resilience

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tgram
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Wow! What an amazing book. I really enjoyed Lean in - Sheryl Sandberg‘s first book. This second book took an amazing look at life after loss - and wow, I was moved by her openness, but also loved her ideas on growth.

Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🌺 8mo
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TheBookKeepers
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The author lost her husband very suddenly & shares about her experience of overcoming this dark part of her life. However, she touches on many different types of loss & trauma through antidotes about other ppl. I would definitely recommend this book to someone trying to overcome their own loss or wants to promote resiliency prior to suffering loss. She leaves the reader not only hopeful but more appreciative of the blessing of today.

BBooks Such a great book ❤ also teaches others empathy 9mo
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rcaskey

"When people are in pain, they need a button... When people close to us face adversity, how do we give them a button to press? ... Simply showing up for a friend can make a huge difference."

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sophierayton
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Mehso-so

I respect the authors and the work they have done, but to be honest I found this book to be a bit of a downer and the research it contained was nothing I hadn't already learnt elsewhere.

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saltwaterlit
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Mehso-so

This was okay, but it felt oddly stitched together. There are likely better books about grieving out there, and although I‘m interested in resilience, everything in this book is basically in the book Grit and Brené Brown‘s work.

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InnerSavvy
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Heartbreaking story of a sudden loss of a spouse, the aftermath, and how to go on. Do not agree with all but worth reading.

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Smrloomis
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I wavered a bit but I think this was a pick for me. There were some useful ideas in here, although I do have to say I take issue with her definition of a friend. Honestly if someone tells you to just get over a trauma already - like the death of a loved one or sexual assault - then they are not a friend. Likewise if they make it all about how hard it has been for them. That is just not ok in my opinion. Likewise, I wish she had cut out some...

Smrloomis Parts about Facebook. Personally I didn‘t find them that interesting or applicable to my own work environment. However, I did really like the audio version and ultimately this was interesting enough to finish. 1y
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Cortg
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I enjoyed this book club selection; Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy. I got a lot of take aways from it, especially good tips on how to to be supportive when friends are in situations.

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Ashley85
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I scored pretty big on this #libraryhaul

AJones How did you turn the water partially pink in your vase? 1y
Ashley85 @AJones it‘s from the flower food that came with the bouquet. 1y
AJones 👍 I seen a science experiment where you can frost glass and I thought maybe you did that. 1y
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GPLT8
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I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. I had not heard much about it, but I kept seeing it so I finally decided to give it a go. Very uplifting and positive book! Talks a great deal about overcoming adversity and staying positive and hapoy in life. I was pleasantly surprised with this one.

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leigha_land
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I picked this gem at a book exchange that focused on mental health. It was so nice to be around a group of lovely, like-minded ladies as we discussed the importance of taking care of ourselves, especially our mental health. Shout out to @DimeryRene for coordinating such a fun event! 💖

leigha_land @Halecide47 it was so lovely to finally see you face to face!!! 1y
Halecide47 I am so happy I got to meet you 💗💗💗 you are the loveliest thing ever💗💗💗 1y
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Smartypants
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Going through some difficult times currently and found this book to be quite encouraging. Sheryl acknowledges the growth from Lean In to Option B as a result of becoming a widow and single mother. #encouraging #life

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LaurenReads
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I really liked the personal stories of resilience and the author‘s connections to her own story. As a teacher I appreciated the section on resiliency in children and teaching a growth mindset. #nonfiction #audiobook

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Trace
Mehso-so

Not much for groundbreaking new stuff however good to see different viewpoints and approaches to dealing with setbacks.

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thebluestocking
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A thoughtful and well-written book about cultivating resilience before and after tragedy. I enjoyed the insights and personal stories shared. I particularly liked that each chapter addressed resilience in a particular area: for kids, businesses, communities, etc. I will likely revisit this book as needed.

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thebluestocking
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#currentread I‘m about 2/3 of the way through this (on audio via Libby) and am enjoying the insights about resilience.

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GlitterGirl
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I love Harry Potter references in other works!!!! 😍😍😍😍😍

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GlitterGirl
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This is beautiful!😍

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GlitterGirl
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2. Macgyver / Lethal Weapon
3. Option B - most definitely!!!
4. Overcast...summer is quickly moving into Autumn
5. Yes & yes

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Kaye How did you decide what picture to use for your tattoo ? I ask everyone. 2y
GlitterGirl @Kaye I knew I wanted a butterfly, so I googled drawings/ tattoos/ clipart/ photo‘s and saved whatever resonated with me. I waited a while and visit the folder again...did everything still resonate? I repeated this until I had two left. I tested it against the opinion of GOOD friends and then left it alone again for awhile and then I choose the one that felt most right! And I went and got it! 😎 Are you thinking about getting one? 2y
Kaye I‘ve been thinking on it for about 2 years. See a factor I‘m looking at is AGE. I don‘t know many senior citizens that get their first tattoo. I have a 20 year old brain in a 60 year old body. (edited) 2y
GlitterGirl @Kaye go get it!!!!!! I think it is awesome and it does not matter if you are 20 or 60!!! If it will make you happy go do it! Have fun, live life and come back and post it here and tag me in it!!!! It would really be so awesome!!! 😎😎😎😎 2y
GlitterGirl @Kaye Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! - Hunter S Thomas 2y
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GlitterGirl
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Louise Hahaha! 😂😂😂 2y
RebelReader 🤣🤣🤣🤣 2y
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GlitterGirl
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GlitterGirl
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😄😄😄😄😎😎😎😎

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GlitterGirl
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And this is my non-fiction book of the month!!!!! Have especially been looking forward to this for a while now! Here we go...😎😎😎

Tadams4 Enjoy! 2y
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Sfbeavers

I had a recent death in the family so have been reading this book. It is helpful, but I wanted to see if anyone had ideas for books or genres that have helped them while they were grieving. I‘m definitely not craving difficult subject matter right now, but reading is still enjoyable. I‘m having trouble picking books to try, though. Any ideas would be appreciated!

Eggs A year of magical thinking by Joan Didion 2y
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Jenken1998
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I just finished the last half of this one that I started this morning. I liked it. It‘s a book not only discussing her loss but her struggle to return to life. It felt genuine. Despite her social standing and wealth her reactions mirrored the reactions of my previous grief clients. I feel that this book would be helpful and normalizing to those going through grief. Book 2 of #24in48 .. I need to pick up something lighter for my next read .⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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actualdisneyprincess
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I loved this book, plain and simple. #optionb #sherylsandberg #adamgrant

Ashley_Nicoletto Me too. ❤️ 2y
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actualdisneyprincess
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My reading list for this evening; it‘s super-quiet here, as expected, so I‘m at least aiming to finish “Option B,” which I‘m really enjoying so far. An honest, affecting look at grief and the journey out, but not without humor and grace. #optionb #sherylsandberg #adamgrant #theengagements #jcourtneysullivan

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actualdisneyprincess
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Not going to lie; I just managed to haul my lazy butt out of bed about fifteen minutes ago, and now I‘m right back there, sitting here with my book. Obviously, my priorities are even worse than usual, considering I have to leave for work in an hour and a half. (The weather is TERRIBLE. No one should be out!!!) #optionb #sherylsandberg #adamgrant

Ashley_Nicoletto Pshhh. An hour and a half? You have like an hour of reading time. 😂😂🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️ 2y
actualdisneyprincess @Ashley_Nicoletto lol I wish!!! I take forever to get ready, because I‘m the LAZIEST. 😂 2y
Ashley_Nicoletto @actualdisneyprincess 😂😂😂 I have this problem too. I blow dry my hair and then I pet the dog for a little while. Moisturize my face then read a little. Tad bit of makeup then I need more coffee. Can't help myself. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2y
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actualdisneyprincess @Ashley_Nicoletto EXACTLY. 😂 Toss in “sit on my bed in my robe, staring off into space for about ten minutes” and y u p. OH WELL. (I‘m thinking work is probably going to be quiet, so it‘ll be fine.) 2y
GlitterGirl This is on my TBR list for this year and I can‘t wait! Let me know what you thought! Enjoy! 2y
actualdisneyprincess @GlitterGirl it was wonderful!! Can‘t wait to hear what you think, too!! 2y
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actualdisneyprincess
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I think I‘ve already read more nonfiction this week than I did all last year. Here‘s the next on the list, and the eighth book of 2018 so far! #optionb #sherylsandberg #adamgrant

vkois88 Eighth?!? Already??? #goals I've mostly just read kids' books 😂 2y
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LauraBeth
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In addition to books, what else did discover/enjoy this year?
1. I found the podcast, Pod Save America.
2. Tuesdays because the husband and I made it a point to go get tacos and catch up with each other.
3. That‘s where I discovered a great IPA (#3).
4. I discovered Vance Joy!
5. A hands-free leash allowed me to take Bitsy on runs.
Others: The Crown, Kesha, Pink, Harry and Meghan, Nike Apple Watch, a veggie spiralizer and zoodles 😀
#2017funstuff

OrangeMooseReads Michigan beer! Always (usually) a good choice 2y
MinDea @OrangeMooseReads are you from MI? 2y
LauraBeth @OrangeMooseReads I may have to make a trip to MI just to tour the Founders Brewery 😂 And then I‘ll go on that fancy MI wine trail. 2y
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OrangeMooseReads @MinDea yes. @LauraBeth if you do come to see Founders let me know I‘m about an hour north of Grand Rapids. I‘ve heard good things about the wine trail tours I‘m not much of a wine drinker. 2y
mdhughes72 Yay Founders! 2y
Julsmarshall I ❤️ Pod Save America! And Lovett or Leave it! 2y
megt Love Pod Save America! 2y
MinDea @OrangeMooseReads I grew up in Mason, went to school at Central and lived in Metro Detroit area for 8 years! 2y
ReadingSusan Pod Save America saved my life this year! (Only slightly hyperbolic) 2y
shanebeth love this! 2y
sprainedbrain I freaking LOVE Vance Joy! He is incredible live. ❤️ 2y
Kappadeemom What the heck is hands free leash? #INeedThis AND have you heard Kesha‘s song “Godzilla”?? 2y
Suetara Pod Save America ❤️ 2y
LauraBeth @mdhughes72 Founders has been missing from my life! 2y
LauraBeth @Julsmarshall I love all the Crooked Media pods! 2y
LauraBeth @megt it‘s now one of my faves 😀 2y
LauraBeth @ReadingSusan same here! It made me feel like there‘s some hope ❤️ 2y
LauraBeth @sprainedbrain I have to make it my mission to see him live 2y
LauraBeth @Kappadeemom yes! I love that whole freakin‘ album! You MUST get a hands free leash - it was a game changer for me. 2y
LauraBeth @Suetara it‘s done so well - that one podcast has replaced every political pod I was previously listening to 2y
AlaMich Pod Save America is the best!! 2y
LauraBeth @AlaMich Pod Save America helped me keep my sanity in 2017! 2y
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NovelGirl82
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@Reviewsbylola @felinesandfiction This is what I was talking about. I'm trying to decide!

stuck.in.the.stacks Thanks! It just doesnt give me the option to switch when I sign into my account. I have quite a few book credits so maybe that's why. 2y
Reviewsbylola Very interesting. I have a yearly membership and I think it comes out to $11.99 per book. I still have eight months left I think. So that‘s probably why I didn‘t get that option. 2y
DeleteAcct I got this too. Can't decide either. 😕 2y
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AndreaReads I went for the switch. It's easier to slip it past the husband with $15 each month than the $45 every 3, and you can still skip months if you want. 2y
NovelGirl82 @AndreaReads 😂😂😂That's sound logic!! 2y
AndreaReads @NovelGirl82 😂 Yeah...you know, a reader's gotta read! 2y
NovelGirl82 @AndreaReads That's no lie! Lol! I went ahead & went with it. It gave me the extra credit, so that's always a bonus! 😊 2y
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Pandalibrarian

Finished listening to this one tonight. It was really good. I liked how she and the co-author wove in the research along with the personal stories. And the narrator did a great job!

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tjwill
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My library hold came in, so I guess I am starting this one now. It doesn‘t fit with my other October books, but I waited months for it and there are 7 more people waiting behind me right now.

Donettem86 How are you liking it so far? I was in your same situation, not ready for it but finally got front of the line and jumped in. I didn‘t regret it. This book will forever stay remembered. 2y
tjwill @Donettem86 I just finished it this morning. It had many useful anecdotes and pieces of advice. I got teary at some parts, so I can‘t imagine if I read this immediately after losing someone. It was emotional. 2y
Donettem86 I don. Know how you listened to it. Most of my books and podcasts I listen to are while driving. I could only imagine what the car next to me were guessing was the reason for my tears. I‘m a super obvious cryer. 2y
Donettem86 My fav was about the waves crashing in but going out as a tide.. towards the end. 2y
tjwill @Donettem86 I like that image too. I think I listened to it mostly while getting ready in the mornings. It is awkward to cry in the car! 2y
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janeycanuck
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I think it was very beneficial for Sandberg to have a co-author - this was much better than Lean In. The research was stronger and Sandberg came across as a more typical individual than she did in Lean In.

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rustoryhuf
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Bookchipmunk Hope you have a box of tissues! It's a great book and so sad... 2y
maich 😊 2y
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HeatherBookNerd
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A lot here I already knew from counseling and other reading, but some helpful new insights as well. Generally just some good, positive advice on how to face adversity and build resilience. Some especially useful tips on how to support loved ones facing grief or difficult circumstances.