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'Dude'!

We may live in ''fictitious times,'' as Michael Moore declared on March's Oscar telecast, but, lucky for him, people still read nonfiction. ''Dude, Where's My Country?,'' his follow-up to last year's megaselling ''Stupid White Men,'' enters the list at No. 2, one step behind the ever-popular ''The South Beach Diet.''

FICTION WEEKS ON LIST

1 THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN Mitch Albom, 3 Hyperion, $19.95 2 THE DA VINCI CODE Dan Brown, Doubleday, $24.95 30 3 SPLIT SECOND David Baldacci, Warner, $26.95 2 4 BLEACHERS John Grisham, Doubleday, $19.95 5 5 THE WEDDING Nicholas Sparks, Warner, $23.95 5 6 HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX 17 J.K. Rowling, Scholastic, $29.99 7 HELLO, DARKNESS Sandra Brown, Simon & Schuster, $25.95 1 8 THE PLEASURE OF MY COMPANY Steve Martin, Hyperion, $19.95 2 9 THE TEETH OF THE TIGER Tom Clancy, Putnam, $27.95 9 10 QUICKSILVER: VOLUME ONE OF THE BAROQUE CYCLE 3 Neal Stephenson, Morrow, $27.95

NONFICTION WEEKS ON LIST

1 THE SOUTH BEACH DIET 27 Arthur Agatston, M.D., Rodale, $24.95 2 DUDE, WHERE'S MY COUNTRY? 1 Michael Moore, Warner, $24.95 3 THE ULTIMATE WEIGHT SOLUTION: THE 7 KEYS TO WEIGHT LOSS FREEDOM 5 Dr. Phil McGraw, Free Press, $26 4 LIES AND THE LYING LIARS WHO TELL THEM -- A FAIR AND 8 BALANCED LOOK AT THE RIGHT Al Franken, Dutton, $24.95 5 WHO'S LOOKING OUT FOR YOU? 3 Bill O'Reilly, Broadway, $24.95 6 THE PURPOSE-DRIVEN LIFE Rick Warren, Zondervan, $19.99 37 7 EVERY SECOND COUNTS Lance Armstrong with Sally Jenkins, 1 Broadway, $24.95 8 FLYBOYS: A TRUE STORY OF COURAGE 2 James Bradley, Little, Brown, $25.95 9 BUSHWHACKED: LIFE IN GEORGE W. BUSH'S AMERICA 3 Molly Ivins and Lou Dubose, Random House, $24.95 10 THE WORLD ACCORDING TO MISTER ROGERS: IMPORTANT 1 THINGS TO REMEMBER Fred Rogers, Hyperion, $16.95

SOURCE: PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, WEEK OF OCT. 6-12, 2003

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''As in most happy childhoods, my life consisted of long periods of boredom interspersed with moments of drama that did not have far-reaching consequences.'' -- From the first chapter of Annabel Davis-Goff's new novel, THE FOX'S WALK (Harcourt, $25)

''I have never been a picky eater. Sure, I have preferences. I like the toasted grasshoppers in Oaxaca better than the salt-cured gusanos (although, in truth, the caterpillars taste a lot like sun-dried tomatoes). Ants are bitter, if you ask me, but ant egg soup is very delicate. And I'll never forget the steamed fish I had with a Laotian sauce made from the mang da beetle; the male insect's musk gland gives it an aroma that bears a striking resemblance to blue cheese.'' -- First lines of the introduction to Robb Walsh's culinary tour ARE YOU REALLY GOING TO EAT THAT? (Counterpoint, $25)

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