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The man who ate the 747
Ben Sherwood
Adult Fiction SHERWOO

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From Publishers' Weekly:

HIntroduced as "the story of the greatest love, ever," by its world-record verifier of a hero, this winsome, perceptive and often hilarious comedy is not sparing in its deployment of superlatives. J.J. Smith, keeper of the records for the Guinness-clone Book of Records, has witnessed and verified the world's longest apple peel, the longest flight of a champagne cork, the longest fingernails, the longest hiccup attack. But as record book sales dwindle in the face of TV's Scariest Police Chases and When Animals Attack, J.J. is ordered to come up with a news-making world recordDor else. Just in time, the dapper, fact-loving New Yorker receives an anonymous tip from Superior, Neb., and sets out for that lonely, windswept town. There, a lumbering introvert farmer, Wally Chubb, is on a mission to prove his love for Superior's sassy newspaper editor, Willa Wyatt. His plan: to consume an entire Boeing 747, ground into grit. The whole town knows of Wally's eccentric commitment, but Willa, a blue jeans-clad blonde who longs for a more "worldly" love, does not have the heart to tell him to stop. Between bites of peanut butter/wing torsion box sandwiches and sips of vanilla fan-blade assembly milkshakes, Wally reluctantly agrees to allow J.J. to record his progress for the Book. Willa rails against the media circus J.J. brings to Superior, but she can't deny her attraction to the new man, and J.J. finds himself falling in love with Willa, too. Conflicts arise when Wally nears the indestructible, and possibly unconsumable black box; when the Book's editors enforce the "no gluttony records" rule; and when J.J. painfully realizes that his love for Willa threatens not only his job but Wally's heart as well. In telling his unlikely story, J.J. begs us to "believe it just a little." There's no question readers will join him in the faith. First-time novelist Sherwood, an NBC executive, has produced a heartwarming, gently humorous tale that could set records of its own. Major ad/promo; author tour; film rights sold to Bel Air Entertainment/Warner Bros. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

John Smith is a Keeper of Records for the world-famous Book of Records. For the past 14 years, he has traveled the globe to verify records in innumerable categories, making his work the family that he does not have. When he gets news of a man in Superior, NE, who is eating a 747, he drives there to check it out. Although gluttony records have been banned by the Committee of The Book, Smith finds that the plane is being eaten for love and asks for special dispensation from the Committee. Wally Chubb's eating of the 747 is actually his latest and greatest attempt to get Willa Wyatt to fall in love with himDan attempt he started when he was ten. When Smith meets Willa, he forgets everything he thought he knew about love and soon realizes that in this category everyone sets his or her own record. Sherwood, senior producer for the NBC Nightly News, has written numerous articles as an investigative journalist. This novel confirms his ability to craft characters that live and breathe. This well-written debut is romantic, suspenseful, ridiculous, and, finally, satisfying. Recommended. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 5/1/00.]DJoanna M. Burkhardt, Univ. of Rhode Island Lib., Providence (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters J. J. Smith
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Single
Travels the world verifying world records.

Wally Chubb
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Eating a 747 piece by piece to prove his love for a woman.

Willa Wyatt
Female
Wally's object of affection.
Newspaper editor



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