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Roastbeef's Promise: When Your Dad's Dying Wish Is to Have His Ashes Sprinkled In Each State, What's a Son to Do? [NOOK Book]

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In this, his first novel, David Jerome combines two of his passions: travel and comedy writing, into one warm, and funny, travel-adventure. A Promise, An Urn, And An Atlas is loosely based on the author’s experiences while visiting the 48 contiguous United States during the mid-1990s.

Prior to this effort, Mr. Jerome had written jokes for Jay Leno on “The Tonight Show,” and performed his own monologue on the ABC late night talk show, “Into ...
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Roastbeef's Promise: When Your Dad's Dying Wish Is to Have His Ashes Sprinkled In Each State, What's a Son to Do?

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Overview

In this, his first novel, David Jerome combines two of his passions: travel and comedy writing, into one warm, and funny, travel-adventure. A Promise, An Urn, And An Atlas is loosely based on the author’s experiences while visiting the 48 contiguous United States during the mid-1990s.

Prior to this effort, Mr. Jerome had written jokes for Jay Leno on “The Tonight Show,” and performed his own monologue on the ABC late night talk show, “Into The Night With Rick Dees.” From 1994-1996 he wrote and published a comedy newspaper, The Irreverent Times. Under the pen name, James E. Spamm Jr., he authored a collection of humorous fan letters to celebrities and other notables called, “I’m A Big Fan.”
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"It's difficult to take death's sting and weave a tale of adventure and laughs. David does it!"
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014322379
  • Publisher: Emerald Book Company
  • Publication date: 3/1/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 301
  • Sales rank: 1,321,231
  • File size: 7 MB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    What a laugh-filled adventure... I wish I could have gone with Roastbeef, but reading it was the next best thing. David Jerome is a funny story-teller.

    I can't remember the last time I enjoyed a book so much...probably when I read one of Bill Bryson's books. A good story, a great adventure, and packed full of laughs. If you know anyone that's feeling blue with this economy Roastbeef will bring them out of it...nothing will stop that guy! It's an inspiring story of perseverence that I wasn't really counting on.<BR/>I think my favorite part was when he pretended to be a lesbian's boyfriend at her family reunion. When he was trying to hop trains with Wally, the old man carrying an oxygen tank I laughed out loud.<BR/><BR/>A REALLY ENJOYABLE BOOK....GET IT, YOU'LL BE GLAD YOU DID!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 28, 2009

    Laugh-Out-Loud Funny - A great read

    I don't know what drew me to this book but I am SOOOOO glad I bought it.

    Okay, no need to go over the plot as all the other reviews have done a good job of that. However, this really is a road trip like no other. It is laugh-out-loud funny and a real page turner. The pace is fast so there is no time to stop, and I ended up reading it in less that a weekend, which is very good going for me.

    I loved the way 'Roastbeef' showed us another side of America and the friends he made along the way will keep you thinking for a long time after you have finished the book.

    The whole tale is really heartwarming and just goes to show that the human spirit is alive and kicking and that some kids will go to any length to honor their late parent's wishes.

    I recommend this book wholeheartedly, in a world where there is all this doom and gloom, 'Roastbeef' is a ray of sunshine!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 22, 2009

    A Great Read...Funny and Addictive!

    I got Roastbeef's Promise as a gift and thought "What's this all about?". Well, it's all about a great read that keeps you making time in your busy day to read just one more page, just one more chapter. I really enjoyed this book and simply MADE time to finish it very quickly after I started it. I recommend it to anyone as a great story, a fresh perspective and a real laugh with insight.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 13, 2009

    i'm hooked on roastbeef's adventures...

    it takes a lot to grab my attention and even more to hold it. i received Roastbeef's Promise for my birthday and man did it hit home. i finished the 330-page adventure in 7 days. <BR/><BR/>every action-packed chapter, every hair-raising sub story within the already-stimulating story, every dramatic character encounter harmoniously strung every string in my vangabondaged heart. if you can¿t already tell, i highly recommend it.<BR/><BR/>i'm a travel nut who loves to laugh and David Jerome captured the very core of my being.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 30, 2009

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    Father requests his son to spread his ashes in all forty-eight states

    What a request! Roastbeef's father died and left his request to be cremated and for his son to take his ashes and spread them in each of the 48 contiguous United States. What a challenge Roastbeef had. This started a trip to carry out his fathers' wishes with little funds and only the small, old Hyundai that his dad had bought for him two years earlier. The family wasn't too enthused over this method of scattering dad all over the nation but it was a wish that had to be followed through.

    Thus started the trip where Roastbeef met all kinds of people, got his lodging through many ways, some unimaginable, actually lost the urn a few times, broke it and had to find a replacement urn, and did work that he never imagined he would ever perform in his life. He performed jobs that were disgusting, were carried out in places he never dreamed of being, wore uniforms of various kinds for little pay, but all in all, Roastbeef kept prodding along.

    The humor is great. You never know what Roastbeef will get into next or how he would get out of it. When the car broke down, he had to find other transportation since the car was beyond any chance of repair. He used trains, buses, hitchhiking, walking, and bicycling to talk his way along through the states. He met many characters, some he felt he could trust but others that he wanted to get away from very quickly. He even ended up in jail followed by prison for staying at the house of a person growing marijuana in his basement. Eventually he got out of the trouble he got into by sweet-talking mostly and got on his way again.

    I do not want to ruin your enjoyment of the many trials, tribulations, and adventure that Roastbeef incurred along his way. He saw and did things he never dreamed of doing and as he visited each state he crossed that state off the list so his dad's wishes could be carried out. I loved this book. It gave so much diversity of humor, characters, different locales, and how one can survive with very little money if they use their heads and are not afraid to work.

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  • Posted June 24, 2009

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    A Daring Adventurous Read for summer escapism!

    I've been a fan of the off-beat and hilariously skewed life-take of this terrifically talented author, David Jerome, since I stumbled on his comedy newspaper "The Irreverent Times" (most similar to the Onion) and I am excited he's taken his talents to novel form. I was not let down. This book is the perfect remedy to disappear into to escape the negative economic climate. For a lot of us, vacations are being pushed aside this summer, and if that is the case, then read "Roastbeef's Promise." Not only will it lighten your mood with the hilarious scenarios that he adventures into, but it will take you on that road trip vacation that you are missing this summer. It's an easy read with a freedom of spirit and prose to lighten and brighten your day. In honoring his father's legacy of life, Roastbeef celebrates life's adventure as he spreads his father's ashes. It's an embrace-and-celebrate-life-through-laughter-and sneaky adventure-spirit that we could all use a reminder to do. I can't help but think of a quote by Helen Keller, "life is a daring adventure or nothing at all." Roastbeef's Promise is a hilarious daring adventure in honoring his father's life wishes.

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  • Posted June 17, 2009

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    Great fun!

    To honor his father's wish, 21 year old Jim "Roastbeef" Hume takes a road trip to spread his father's ashes in each of the 48 contingent states is what "Roastbeef's Promise" by David Jerome is about. But the situations that Roastbeef experiences, the people he encounters and things he must do to honor his promise is hilarious. Jerome writes an amusing, yet endearing story about being on the road in this crazy country of ours. I loved this book. It made me want to go out and take a road trip, sans ashes and experience life!

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  • Posted April 29, 2009

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    Good Read

    I really enjoyed this book, it gave me
    food for thought. Some parts were so hysterical!
    Glad it was recommended to me.

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  • Posted April 2, 2009

    Roastbeef is a great book-club read!

    Our book club had lot of fun with this one! It was bizarre, hilarious, easy, exciting and just great to laugh with friends about. Check it out for your next book club choice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2009

    Humorous and Creative

    I recieved the book last night at 5PM and finished it by the next day! Once I started reading it, I could not put the book down. I would recommend it to everyone. It is humorous and very creative. I am looking forward to the next book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2009

    Outrageous, Humorous and Heart Warming!

    In "Roastbeef's Promise", David Jerome has written an outrageous, humorous, yet heart warming travel adventure across America. His protagonist, Jim "Roastbeef" Hume, fulfills his father's dying wish to have his ashes spread across the 48 contiguous states.

    The trip is far from simple for "Roastbeef", who perseveres with his quest even when broke and stranded without a car. Jerome's tale had me turning page after page, wondering what would happen to "Roastbeef" next, how he would get out of his current predicament, or how he could possibly get to the next state over!

    I was completely immersed in the adventure, and Jerome had me feeling I was riding along with "Roastbeef" the entire time. Reading "Roastbeef's Promise" was a wonderful way to "see" America.

    Thank you, Mr. Jerome! I'm looking forward to the sequel!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2009

    A touching, funny story -- great read!!!

    This is such a heart-warming, funny story! "Roastbeef" promises his dying father that he will spread his ashes across the country, in the contiguous 48 states. What follows is a journey like no other! Roastbeef completes his quest with lots of struggles, meeting characters of all shapes and sizes, and taking every mode of transportation available! This story made me laugh out-loud, and then had me calling my folks just to say "Hi and I love you". Thanks to the author for a great read!!

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