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Product Details

  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Octane Press (September 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982173326
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982173329
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,023,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brian S. on September 17, 2009
Since New York City keeps punishing its citizenry by raising cab fare it becomes less and less likely that you will ever spend time in the back of a taxi. That is sad, because after you read this book you will realize that the back of the cab you're not sitting in has a story to tell. Amy Braunschweiger wandered all over this fair city listening to cabbies (something most New Yorkers avoid doing) and has put together a book of true stories that range from uplifting and awesome to shocking and bizarre. This book has love, sex, death, Mel Brooks, crack-addict dads, trannies, lost diamonds, socialists, people driving with their feet and more. Peppered throughout the book is a variety of taxi trivia that will most certainly improve your odds should you ever find yourself on Jeopardy. Very enjoyable read. You'll walk away with a better understanding of life from the cab driver's perspective, and you'll realize most people are borderline nuts.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By siobhan on September 22, 2009
I heard about this book through the grapevine (facebook of course). I ordered it last week and just started reading it and the stories are amazing. The author has put together a really, really nice set of stories on thematic issues like scary rides, sex-filled rides, crazy customers, famous customers, tourists, and what cabbies do otherwise that we can all relate to even if we don't live in a huge city like NY! She also incorporates little fact info related to the story. Like "Curries like mom used to make" has a list of hole-in-the-wall eateries that cater to cabbies but are also worth a visit if you are nearby. The story about Aura and her mom driving cabs includes has data and further information regarding how rare it is to find a female cab driver.

I'm going to recommend this for my bookclub to read!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By 671 Press on September 21, 2009
Length: 1:53 Mins
Taxi Confidential author Amy Braunschweiger talks about the kinds of stories found in her book in this video from the publisher, 671 Press.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey J. Wilser on September 28, 2009
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Any New Yorker should buy this book. This isn't just the story of cabbies--it's the story of the city. Knife wounds, backseat sex, bigotry, surprising compassion...it's all there. The true genius is that it's from both perspectives--the cabbies and the passengers--forcing us to challenge our own assumptions. Plus, trannies! Braunschweiger plunges deep, deep into the heart of cabbie culture, uncovering enough gems to startle even the most jaded New Yorker. And you have to love lines like, "Peter [the cabbie] says that driving a cab is the perfect job for an alcoholic." A must-read for anyone who has ever ridden in a cab, seen a cab, or, more likely, smelled a cab.
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