J.J. Smith is an official keeper of world records. Wherever he goes, would-be record holders vie for his attention. But J.J.'s boss says his records are dull. Either he comes up with something special for The Book, or he's fired. So when J.J. hears about someone who is rumoured to be eating a 747, he has to check it out. Soon he finds himself in Superior, Nebraska, where Walter Chubb is, indeed, in the process of consuming an entire airplane, hoping to impress Willa Wyatt, the editor of the local newspaper, whom he has loved ever since she was the only guest who turned up to his tenth birthday party. Richly romantic, joyful and tender, "The Man Who Ate the 747" stretches the imagination, bends the laws of physics and takes you on a whimsical flight of fancy. 'Ben Sherwood is a modern-day Mark Twain who writes of small-town America with love, affection and with a definite twincle in his eye. A delightful and surprising book from start to finish' - Fannie Flagg. 'A brilliant idea, brilliantly executed ...a genuine, old-fashioned tale of romance' - "Daily Mirror".
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Dear Record Man,
You won't believe it, but I know someone eating a 747...People think he's crazy, but I know why he's eating it. He has a good reason. And it isn't because he's hungry...
J.J. Smith is the Record Man. He knows all about the lonest kiss, the fastest snail, the farthest cab ride. Travelling around the globe, he is the witness to amazing feats and strange deeds, the kind that get into the Book of Records. But there's one thing he knows nothing about. J.J. has never been in love--and wouldn't recogznize it if it was staring him in the face.
Now love is about to call on J.J. from a cornfield under a vast blue sky, in a town called Superior, Nebraska. That's where one man is doing something amazing, eating a plane piece by piece, not for fame or fortune but to show a woman how much he loves her.
For the good people of Superior, the story could bring worldwide attention. For the Book of Records, it could mean an exciting new entry. But for J.J., the story won't have any meaning until he meets Willa Wyatt. Only then will he finally understand why hearts, not just records, can be broken... and why love is truly the greatest wonder of all.
"This winsome, perceptive and often hilarious comedy is not sparing in its deployment of superlatives. . First-time novelist Sherwood, an NBC executive, has produced a heartwarming, gently humorous tale that could set records of its own. "
" I laugh all the way through this book--.Ben Sherwood is a modern-day Mark Twain who writes if small-town America with love, affection and with a define twinkle in is eye. A delightful and surprising book from start to finish."
-- Fannie Flagg (bestselling author if Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!)
"Ben Sherwood has given us a modern American fable. It is smart, funny, touching and quirky - a wonderful love story."
-- Tom Brokaw
"A genial fable that illuminates the extremes which people are willing to go to in the name of passion."
--Francine Prose, US Weekly, Three Stars.
"A salubrious return to a more innocent America, a laugh-out-loud funny romp and a tender love story all rolled into one slim volume.... The Man Who Ate the 747 is a rarity -- a tale that tickles your
funny bone and tugs at your heart."
-- Milwaukee Journal
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Book Description Picador, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0330482122