Book review: Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy

Not to minimize the powerful stories of Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant, but I think the unsung hero of this book is journalist Stacey Kalish.

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As I read this book, I was struck by the many examples of everyday people who have overcome trauma from a wide variety of life circumstances. A note in the acknowledgments showed how those stories were gathered: “Journalist Stacey Kalish conducted more than 40 interviews, asking difficult questions with empathy.”

The work of Kalish and other experts who contributed to this book make it relatable and valuable to everyone. I can’t say I’ve undergone the kind of trauma that fills the pages of this book, but it felt immensely valuable to me because:

  1. It demonstrates how everyone goes through loss, it’s only a matter of time. This provides emotional but also practical advice for how to face trauma.
  2. It provides real talk about how to talk to a friend who is experiencing profound loss or difficulty. This is something we all can improve on. For someone who is hurting, the insight in this book can help us be a friend when our friends need it most.

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