Best-Sellers

'Empire' Strikes Back

The stakes are awfully high on this week's fiction chart -- the future of the entire empire is up for grabs! At No. 3, Richard Rahl and his foxy wife, Kahlan, have banded together to help save said Naked Empire in the eighth book of Terry Goodkind's way-popular Sword of Truth fantasy series. Speaking of empire builders, Benjamin Franklin -- subject of Walter Isaacson's new biography -- is holding his own in nonfiction, climbing to No. 3 this week, his best spot yet.

FICTION WEEKS ON LIST

1 HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX J.K. Rowling, Scholastic, $29.99 6 2 THE DA VINCI CODE Dan Brown, Doubleday, $24.95 19 3 NAKED EMPIRE Terry Goodkind, Tor, $29.95 1 4 TO THE NINES Janet Evanovich, St. Martin's, $25.95 2 5 THE LAKE HOUSE James Patterson, Little, Brown, $27.95 7 6 TRADING UP Candace Bushnell, Hyperion, $24.95 4 7 THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA Lauren Weisberger, Doubleday, $21.95 15 8 THE LOVELY BONES Alice Sebold, Little, Brown, $21.95 56 9 JOHNNY ANGEL Danielle Steel, Delacorte, $19.95 4 10 GONE TOO FAR Suzanne Brockmann, Ballantine, $19.95 2

NONFICTION WEEKS ON LIST

1 THE SOUTH BEACH DIET Arthur Agatston, M.D., Rodale, $24.95 16 2 KATE REMEMBERED A. Scott Berg, Putnam, $25.95 3 3 BENJAMIN FRANKLIN: AN AMERICAN LIFE Walter Isaacson, Simon & Schuster, $30 4 4 THE ESSENTIAL 55: AN AWARD-WINNING EDUCATOR'S RULES FOR DISCOVERING THE SUCCESSFUL STUDENT IN EVERY CHILD Ron Clark, Hyperion, $19.95 5 5 UNDER THE BANNER OF HEAVEN: A STORY OF VIOLENT FAITH Jon Krakauer, Doubleday, $26 2 6 LIVING HISTORY Hillary Rodham Clinton, Simon & Schuster, $28 7 7 TREASON: LIBERAL TREACHERY FROM THE COLD WAR TO THE WAR ON TERRORISM Ann Coulter, Crown, $26.95 5 8 THE PURPOSE-DRIVEN LIFE Rick Warren, Zondervan, $19.99 26 9 THE KENNEDY CURSE Edward Klein, St. Martin's, $24.95 3 10 ATKINS FOR LIFE Robert C. Atkins, M.D., St. Martin's, $24.95 27

SOURCE: PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, WEEK OF JULY 22 -- 29, 2003

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''Liberals have a preternatural gift for striking a position on the side of treason. You could be talking about Scrabble and they would instantly leap to the anti-American position. Everyone says liberals love America, too. No they don't. Whenever the nation is under attack, from within or without, liberals side with the enemy. This is their essence.'' -- First lines of Ann Coulter's conservative manifesto, TREASON: LIBERAL TREACHERY FROM THE COLD WAR TO THE WAR ON TERRORISM (Crown, $26.95)

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