by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant (read by Elisa Donovan)
Random House Audio
Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In (2013) showed how female go-getters like her rise to “C-suite” executive status in a patriarchal world. Her follow-up, Option B, however, has little to do with her phenomenal success. The book centres on the resilience one can build to cope with grief: in 2015 the Facebook COO’s husband, Dave Goldberg, died unexpectedly at the age of 47. We hear of how she broke the news to their two children, whose primal screams haunt her to this day. She also tells of advice that resonated. Going back to work helped, as did the support of friends brave enough to acknowledge the elephant in the room: one colleague said he was paralysed when she was around – “worried he might say the wrong thing”. Option B is self-help, but works equally for those stretching out a hand.