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The Man Who Ate the 747

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The Man Who Ate the 747

By Ben Sherwood

Bantam Books, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780553582802, 258pp.

Publication Date: January 29, 2002


This is the story of the greatest love, ever....

J. J. Smith, Keeper of the Records for The Book of Records, is an ordinary man searching for the extraordinary. J.J. has clocked the world’s longest continuous kiss. He has verified the lengthiest single unbroken apple peel. He has tasted the world’s largest menu item. But J.J. has never witnessed great love.

That is, until he comes to a tiny town in the American heartland. Here 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. But when J.J. unexpectedly falls in love with the same woman, a woman as outwardly cynical as he is, J.J. learns why records are made to be broken...and why the greatest wonders in life can never be measured.

About the Author
Ben Sherwood is senior producer of the NBC Nightly News. His nonfiction writing has appeared in many national publications, including "The New York Times," "The Washington Post," and "Los Angeles Times." Educated at Harvard and Oxford, he now lives in New York, where he is at work on his next novel. "From the Hardcover edition."

Praise For The Man Who Ate the 747

“Brilliantly written...a joy to read...a book you are not going to want to miss.”
New York Post

“Beautifully handled...great fun...a gem.”
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