7 Reads That’ll Get You To The Top

We’re proponents of upping our knowledge quotient at all times, but in the midst of our self-proclaimed “Boss Week,” we’re currently feeling ultra-inspired to seek wisdom from highly successful, professional women. To add substance to our fall reading lineup, we’re taking recommendations from Facebook’s brilliant COO Sheryl Sandberg, who shared a curated list of reads that receive her seal of approval. Here, 7 books to add to your library list.

A Short Guide to a Happy Life

A Short Guide to a Happy Life by Anna Quindlen, $10

Why Read? A series of the author's personal observations strung together to form a cohesive philosophy-on-life piece, all from a woman's point of view.

Queen of Fashion

Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution by Caroline Weber, $16

Why Read? Recounts Marie Antoinette's decadent lifestyle, and how her penchant for extravagance turned the queen into an icon. This book—which Sandberg describes as "brilliant and fun"—was written by her college roommate.

Now, Discover Your Strengths

Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham, $21

Why Read? Influenced how Sandberg and her team at Facebook approach leadership, talent development and employee feedback and encouragement.

The Lean Startup

The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries, $16

Why Read? An inside look into the nimble world of startups, focusing on the tech industry in particular as a prime example of the right way to build products and businesses.

Home Game

Home Game: An Accidental Guide To Fatherhood by Michael Lewis,

Why Read? One of Sandburg's favorite authors, Michael Lewis tackles the topic of parenthood in a funny and unbridled account of his journey as a father.


Bossypants by Tina Fey, $9

Why Read? Addressing everything from motherhood to women's issues in the workplace, Tina Fey's account of life as a female still proves both important and comical (the best kind of read, we think).

Conscious Business

Conscious Business: How to Build Value through Values by Fred Kofman, $12

Why Read? On the basis that the pursuit of happiness yields exceptional performance, a guide to finding your professional passion.