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  • Paperback: 386 pages
  • Publisher: The Friday Project (17 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007500955
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007500956
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 163,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Bursting with anecdotes from a 36-year career that spans hitmen and heart attacks, via Paul Simon, Norman Mailer, a llama and a coyote.’ INDEPENDENT

About the Author

Eugene Salomon has been driving a taxi in New York since 1977. This is his first book.


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I bought this book after seeing in previewed in 'The Sun', and thought it would appeal to me, as New York and taxis (in particular New York taxis!) are subjects of great interest to me (sad, I know!). I was not disappointed. Every story was well written (and, unlike some books not unnecessarily long), with a variety of different subjects, be it humour, or thought-provoking tales. All in all a great read, highly recommended!
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Gene is such a warm and accomplished story teller - the only thing that would improve these tales from New York would be an audio version for us to hear him tell them himself... It's not a giant leap of the imagination to understand that taxi drivers see all walks of life, especially in as diverse a cultural nook as New York City! Gene gives us a real insight into life behind the wheel of his yellow cab... Happy reading, I for one am glad to have crossed his path :)
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This was a quick and easy read on the kindle, read in short snatches of time in my busy life and I loved how every tale was neat, compact and captivating. Each story is told with humour and humanity and I never tired reading about the life of a taxi-driver. He's had all sorts and everyone in the back of his cab, from the ridiculous to the sublime, and it would be easy for Gene to become judgmental and cynical. He certainly never came across that way. I was a disappointed when I reached the end chapter and would have loved to read more.
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I've only visited NYC once, back in 2009, however it's gravitational pull (as Eugene mentions in the book) continues to stay with me. This book is a great account of life as a New York cabbie from the late 70's right through to the present day, taking in Eugene's recollections of his most memorable fares through the last four decades in New York City. Once I started reading I couldn't put it down, a real fly on the wall experience with some hilarious, shocking, sad, motivating stories thanks to people from all walks of life who happened to take a ride in this New Yorkers yellow taxi.
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excellent read, gives the serious side as well as the comical side of taxi driving, but in a very readable way.
As it happens i am still reading this book. It book does show New York as a very cosmopolitan City,and along with it's very divers
population, leads to many interesting tales A book i would have to hesitation of recommending,especially at the kindle price.
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This book gets better as the writer works his way through his memory of his career as a NYC taxi chappie. Initially it's all ' I was driving down 53rd and 3rd when I picked up .....' Blah, blah, blah - But I warmed to the author as he cherishes his identity and space as a yellow cab driver introducing all manner of New York's winners, losers, boozers and cruisers. I like his style, I also like the way he doesn't massively confront idiocy, he points scores gently, amusingly and carefully. Eugene balances it all about right, he doesn't manipulate situations he takes part in them as a third party, observing the players and reports the details. And amusingly too, yes, this is an amusing record, not a laugh out loud book, but very smiley. Overall a blast of a read, and a decent, in fact very decent memoir.
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Being such a fan of New York and the busyness of it all I was intruiged in reading this. I had read a few "Confession of a..." and they were all very interesting. And this one was no different. I was able to finish it in a couple of days.
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Interesting and funny to a degree, this is another series of anecdotes that are no doubt the true recollections of this author.
The drawback I find with all these kinds of "confessions" though is that it is hard to escape the notion that some of the events could have been embellished or made up -- we have no way of knowing unless the people named corroborate them. Consequently while reading it I can't help thinking that this is quite an easy way to write an "entertaining" book. As long as it keeps to trivia and no-one is libelled, you can sprinkle the stories with as many celebrities you like -- they probably would not remember anyway!
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