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Porchlight Book Company's Bestselling Books of 2022

Dylan Schleicher

January 23, 2023


We love reading books, but our main purpose as a company is to get them in the hands of others.

Our editorial team puts a prodigious amount—many months worth—of effort into our annual book awards every year. But none of that work is possible without everyone in our company going to work every day as booksellers. Whether talking to authors, placing orders, packing up or reviewing books, we are, here at Porchlight Book Company, always, first and foremost, booksellers.

And we believe, as A. David Schwartz—our former owner, and the father of our current owner and CEO Rebecca Schwartz—once said, that:

“The true profit in bookselling is the social profit; the bottom line, the measure of the impact of the books on the community.”

Of course, we can’t survive as a business without turning a financial profit, as well, so that’s never out of the intellectual equation, but we do our best to remember to put that social profit comes first. And for us it goes beyond our love of books, for our lust for paper bound between two hardcover boards. It is a deep, abiding belief in books as an agent of change in our world. That is why the first article in our company's constitution states:


We believe in a book’s inherent value as a means of spreading information and culture, and we believe in the soul of the individual book—that once launched into the world, it can take on a life of its own and have a profound effect on business, our society, and culture.

We can’t do what we do without the community of authors, publishers, businesses, and readers we are a part of. They do the work to bring these books into the world, both literally in terms of conception, editing, design, printing, binding, and publicity, and actionably as the ideas are integrated into people’s lives and businesses. Whatever impact we have on the community, we owe to those who wrote, edited, designed, published, bought, and implemented the ideas in the books we sell.

As we come to the end of the first month of a new year, we wanted to take one last look back at 2022 and the books we sold the most.

Thank you to everyone who helped bring Porchlight’s bestsellers of the last year to life, and to everyone who bought them!

2022 Business Bestsellers


  1. CEO Excellence: The Six Mindsets That Distinguish the Best Leaders from the Rest by Carolyn Dewar, Scott Keller, and Vikram Malhotra, Scribner Book Company
  2. My Life in Full: Work, Family, and Our Future by Indra Nooyi, Portfolio
  3. MyThe Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy by Jon Gordon, Wiley
  4. The Power of One More: The Ultimate Guide to Happiness and Success by Ed Mylett, Wiley
  5. The Voltage Effect: How to Make Good Ideas Great and Great Ideas Scale by John A. List, Currency
  6. Kick Up Some Dust: Lessons on Thinking Big, Giving Back, and Doing It Yourself by Bernie Marcus, William Morrow & Company
  7. The Startup of You: Adapt, Take Risks, Grow Your Network, and Transform Your Career by Reid Hoffman & Ben Casnocha, Currency
  8. Speed & Scale: An Action Plan for Solving Our Climate Crisis Now by John Doerr, Portfolio
  9. Ideaflow: The Only Business Metric That Matters by Jeremy Utley & Perry Klebahn, Portfolio
  10. Unreasonable Hospitality: The Remarkable Power of Giving People More Than They Expect by Will Guidara, Optimism Press
  11. The Four Factors of Trust: How Organizations Can Earn Lifelong Loyalty by Ashley Reichheldm with Amelia Dunlop, Wiley
  12. Competing in the New World of Work: How Radical Adaptability Separates the Best from the Rest by Keith Ferazzi, Kian Gohar, and Noel Weyrich, Harvard Business Review Press
  13. The 6 Types of Working Genius: A Better Way to Understand Your Gifts, Your Frustrations, and Your Team by Patrick Lencioni, Matt Holt
  14. How to Invest: Masters on the Craft by David M. Rubenstein, Simon & Schuster
  15. The Rise of the Rest: How Entrepreneurs in Surprising Places Are Building the New American Dream by Steve Case, Avid Reader Press

2022 Nonfiction Bestsellers


  1. The Power of Regret: How Looking Backward Moves Us Forward by Daniel H. Pink, Riverhead Books
  2. The End of the World Is Just the Beginning: Mapping the Collapse of Globalization by Peter Zeihan, Harper Business
  3. Life Force: How New Breakthroughs in Precision Medicine Can Transform the Quality of Your Life & Those You Love by Tony Robbins, Peter H. Diamandis, M.D., and Robert Hariri, M.D., Ph.D., Simon & Schuster
  4. Moonshot: Inside Pfizer's Nine-Month Race to Make the Impossible Possible by Dr. Albert Bourla, Harper Business
  5. From Strength to Strength: Finding Success, Happiness, and Deep Purpose in the Second Half of Life by Arthur C. Brooks, Portfolio
  6. Fixed.: How to Perfect the Fine Art of Problem Solving by Amy E. Herman, Harper Wave
  7. The Age of AI: And Our Human Future by Henry A. Kissinger, Eric Schmidt, and Daniel Huttenlocher, Little Brown and Company
  8. Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story by Bono, Knopf Publishing Group
  9. Between the Mountain and the Sky: A Mother's Story of Love, Loss, Healing, and Hope by Maggie Doyne, Harper Horizon
  10. You Are Not Alone: The Nami Guide to Navigating Mental Health--With Advice from Experts and Wisdom from Real People and Families by Ken Duckworth, M.D., Zando
  11. The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story, created by Nikole Hannah-Jones, One World
  12. Marie Kondo's Kurashi at Home: How to Organize Your Space and Achieve Your Ideal Life by Marie Kondo, Ten Speed Press
  13. Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience by Brené Brown, Random House
  14. Zabar's: A Family Story, with Recipes by Lori Zabar, Schocken Books Inc
  15. The Writing Revolution: A Guide to Advancing Thinking Through Writing in All Subjects and Grades by Judith C. Hochman & Natalie Wexler, Jossey-Bass

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of Porchlight since 2003. After beginning in shipping and receiving, he moved through customer service (with some accounting on the side) before entering into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the marketing and editorial aspects of the company. Outside of work, you’ll find him volunteering or playing basketball at his kids’ school, catching the weekly summer concert at the Washington Park Bandshell, or strolling through one of the many other parks or green spaces around his home in Milwaukee (most likely his own gardens). He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.

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