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Publisher's Summary

Eating Trees is a rags-to-riches-to-rags story of an ordinary working guy who suddenly has an extraordinary idea.
Nick Cerelli has always been "big-boned," as he and his family refer to their tendency to put on weight. He works hard as a laborer but never seems to get ahead until he makes an observation one day while working on a construction job: Fine sawdust feels like flour.
"See, my big idea was to make some kinda diet Twinkie outta sawdust. Really. And why not? Lucky just showed me sawdust that looks and feels like flour! Fine enough to powder a baby's rear end. Talk about lucky!"
Knowing that sawdust can't be digested, he speculates that if he could somehow make an appetizing cookie out of the sawdust, he could cash in on the diet craze and finally make his fortune; dieters could enjoy the cookies and not put on weight unless, in his words, they were termites.
Nick enlists his friends and family in the scheme to invent an artificially flavored and sweetened sawdust cookie and starts up his own company, Beaver Brand. For a brief while, Beaver Brand becomes the latest Big Thing, and Nick and his crew get to experience the sweet taste of success until people eating too many of his delicious cookies start to have digestive issues.
Nick relates his story in the first person, speaking in the colorful dialect of his New York neighborhood. Anyone who has battled weight issues or dreamed of "hitting it big" will relate to and laugh at Nick's preposterous idea as he thinks it through and decides that this is it: This is going to be his ticket to the good life.
©2014 Jeff Koppelson (P)2014 Jeff Koppelson
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5 out of 5 stars
By Debbie Barr on 05-19-18


I enjoyed listening to this book. Enjoyed the New York accent!! Getting ready to listen to another book by this performer.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Muffina on 02-06-17


Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Oh definitely... This was sooooo fun to listen to... All my friends at one time or another... have dreamed of making it big... Have been on some kind of diet... Have fallen in love with Italians and their food... Have run across a character like this...

What other book might you compare Eating Trees to and why?

Is there a book version of "My Cousin Vinny"? I mean... it's just like that! If you liked that movie with that little Italian mob guy as the lawyer... you're gonna love this.

Have you listened to any of A. T. Al Benelli’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. I'm a fan and follower of his. I would put this up as one of his BEST... if not THE BEST! I see it won an Earphones Award...

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

It has to be at the end when he argues his case with the other lawyer... Only Italians have that kind of "logical" thinking. I laughed out loud...

Any additional comments?

Other than the occasional 'cuss words" this would make a great family movie. As it is I wouldn't give it to young kids... but for teens on up? Hell Yeah. Fuhggeddaboudit!

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