Books Sheryl Sandberg Thinks You Should Read

Previous posts have provided the recommended reading lists of Bill Gates ,Elon Musk , Steve Jobs , Warren Buffett , Jeff Bezos , and Mark Zuckerberg. Now I figure it’s time to expand our reading beyond the billionaire boys’ club.

This post consists of books that Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg recommended in a recent New York Times interview . While she didn’t identify these books as being specifically for women, they all fit well with Sandberg’s own book, Lean In .

1. A Short Guide to a Happy Life by Anna Quindlen

Five-Second Summary: A novelist explains her philosophy of life through a series of loosely connected personal observations.

Why You Should Read It: Quindlen’s fictional works center around women’s roles and how they see themselves, so women will find her encouragement and advice about thses topics particularly apt.

Fun Factoid: The core of this book was a commencement address that Quindlen didn’t deliver due to planned protests from anti-abortion activists.

Best Quote: “But you are the only person alive who has sole custody of your life. Your particular life. Your entire life. Not just your life at a desk, or your life on the bus, or in the car, or at the computer. Not just the life of your mind, but the life of your heart.”

2. Bossypants by Tina Fey

Five-Second Summary: A talented comedian takes a wry look at life, the media, motherhood, and her career.

Why You Should Read It: Amid the humor, Fey takes on the big issues of women in the workplace, like the glass ceiling and the tendency of men to diss women in meetings.

Fun Factoid: In 2014, Sandberg launched a campaign to ban the word “bossy” to encourage young women to seek more leadership roles.

Best Quote: “My unsolicited advice to women in the workplace is this. When faced with sexism, or ageism, or lookism, or even really aggressive Buddhism, ask yourself the following question: ‘Is this person in between me and what I want to do?’ If the answer is no, ignore it and move on. Your energy is better used doing your work and outpacing people that way. Then, when you’re in charge, don’t hire the people who were jerky to you.”

3. Conscious Business: How to Build Value Through Values by Fred Kofman

Five-Second Summary: How success emerges naturally from holding to and acting on ethical values.

Why You Should Read It: Studies have shown that in the workplace men are more likely than women to act unethically. This book’s redefinition of the role of ethics thus plays to women’s strengths.

Fun Factoid: Sandberg regularly recommends this book to Facebook employees.

Best Quote: “Have you ever driven down the highway on cruise control, engaged in a conversation or daydreaming, only to realize you missed your exit? You didn’t literally lose consciousness, but you dimmed your awareness. Relevant details, such as your location and the actions needed to reach your goal, receded from the forefront of your mind. Your eyes were open, but you didn’t see. This is a poor way to drive—and an even poorer way to live.”

4. Home Game: An Accidental Guide to Fatherhoodby Michael Lewis

Five-Second Summary: An unsparing, funny look at fatherhood from a husband’s viewpoint.

Why You Should Read It: Working mothers face many difficulties in the workplace; it helps to know that working fathers struggle too.

Fun Factoid: Lewis is best known for his books about business and finance, such as The Big Short .

Best Quote: “Memory loss is the key to human reproduction. If you remembered what new parenthood was actually like you wouldn’t go around lying to people about how wonderful it is, and you certainly wouldn’t ever do it twice.”