I listened to this on audiobook with the author as the narrator. Sheryl Sandberg is one of the most influential and successful women in business at the moment. This is her story about overcoming grief when her husband unexpectedly dies. It is all about her finding resilience and moving forward with her life. Adam Grant is the co-author and he is putting a lot of the research and expertise to the book with his experience as a psychologist.
Here is the thing about this book that just did not completely connect with me. These are two incredibly well-off individuals talking about grief. Yes, they let the reader know that they are privileged and that a lot of the hurdles that other people face aren’t really a factor in their lives when a loved one is lost. So, I want to give them credit for approaching the subject of grief and refinding joy from many angles, but I can’t help but think that this book would have impacted me in a much greater way if it was told by a poor woman. I’m a lower-middle-class individual and if one of the foundation blocks of my life was pulled out from under me I would be struggling to know where I was going to live and who to turn to for support. Sandberg is very clear that she has an AMAZING system of support from friends and family. Death is tough on everyone, especially this kind of unexpected death at a young age, but in the end, I just couldn’t love this book as much as I wanted to because of the wealth gap between her and me. It is still a good book to recommend about grief.