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Julie really has it rough. Her husband’s brain tumor turned her into a widow at 25, and now, a few years later, she’s picked up a wacko stalker. However, this being the latest Nicholas Sparks novel — The Guardian, which has been hovering near the top of the best-seller chart for the last three weeks — all is not lost: Julie finds solace in trusty Mike, her husband’s best friend, and in a friendly Great Dane named Singer.

FICTION WEEKS ON LIST 1 THE DA VINCI CODE Dan Brown, Doubleday, $24.95 6 2 THE GUARDIAN Nicholas Sparks, Warner, $24.95 3 3 THE SECOND TIME AROUND Mary Higgins Clark, Simon & Schuster, $26 2 4 ARMAGEDDON: THE COSMIC BATTLE OF THE AGES Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, Tyndale, $24.99 3 5 THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA Lauren Weisberger, Doubleday, $21.95 2 6 THE KING OF TORTS John Grisham, Doubleday, $27.95 12 7 THE LOVELY BONES Alice Sebold, Little, Brown, $21.95 43 8 LOST LIGHT Michael Connelly, Little, Brown, $25.95 4 9 ALL HE EVER WANTED Anita Shreve, Little, Brown, $25.95 2 10 WILD ORCHIDS Jude Deveraux, Atria, $25.95 1


1 ATKINS FOR LIFE Robert C. Atkins, M.D., St. Martin’s, $24.95 14 2 LEAP OF FAITH: MEMOIRS OF AN UNEXPECTED LIFE Queen Noor, Miramax, $25.95 6 3 THE PURPOSE-DRIVEN LIFE Rick Warren, Zondervan, $19.99 13 4 WHAT SHOULD I DO WITH MY LIFE? Po Bronson, Random House, $24.95 16 5 STUPID WHITE MEN…AND OTHER SORRY EXCUSES FOR THE STATE OF THE NATION Michael Moore, ReganBooks, $24.95 43 6 DERELICTION OF DUTY Bill Patterson, Regnery, $27.95 5 7 KRAKATOA: THE DAY THE WORLD EXPLODED: AUGUST 27, 1883 Simon Winchester, HarperCollins, $25.95 2 8 THE SOUTH BEACH DIET Arthur Agatston, M.D., Rodale, $24.95 3 9 WHO MOVED MY CHEESE? Spencer Johnson, Putnam, $19.95 172 10 THE CRISIS OF ISLAM: HOLY WAR AND UNHOLY TERROR Bernard Lewis, Modern Library, $19.95 3