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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This is a story of the greatest love, ever. An outlandish claim, outrageous perhaps, but trust me--
And so begin the enchanting, unforgettable tale of J. J. Smith, Keeper of the Records for The Book of Records, an ordinary man searching for the extraordinary. J.J. has clocked the world's longest continuous kiss, 30 hours and 45 minutes. He has verified the lengthiest single unbroken apple peel, 172 feet and 4 inches. He has measured the farthest flight of a champagne cork from an untreated, unheated bottle 177 feet 9 inches. He has tasted the world's largest menu item, whole-roasted Bedouin camel.
But in all his adventure from Australia to Zanzibar, J.J. has never witnessed great love until he comes upon a tiny windswept town in the heartland of America, where folks still talk about family, faith, and crops. Here, where he last expects it, J.J. discovers a world record attempt like no other: Piece by piece, a farmer is eating a Boeing 747 to prove his love for a woman.
In this vast landscape of cornfields and lightning storms, J.J. is doubly astounded to be struck by love from the same woman, Willa Wyatt of the honey eyes and wild blond hair. It is a feeling beyond measure, throwing J.J.'s carefully ordered world upside down, proving that hears, like world records, can be broken, and the greatest wonders in life can not be qualified.
Richly romantic, whimsical, and uplifting, The Man Who Ate the 747 is a flight of fancy from start to finish. It stretches imagination, bends physics and biology, but believe it just a little and you may find yourself reaching for your own records, the kind that really count. Written with tenderness, originality, and insight, filled withold-fashioned warmth and newfangled humor, it is an extraordinary novel, a found treasure that marks the emergence of a major storytelling tale.
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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.
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