TAXI by Christina Oxenberg


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An attempt to give New York taxi drivers and their celebrity riders a chance to talk about each other and life. The author tries to be amusing, but seldom succeeds. The book begins with a brief history of the business and some facts and figures. We learn things like the origin of the word ""cab."" There is a breakdown of the four main types of drivers and interviews with various types of working cabbies. This is all prologue to the book's main purpose--the celebrities and what they have to say. This who's who in the gossip columns may initially attract some readers, but except for the occasional witty comment or good story, much of what they have to say is trite stuff. This book would have made a nice magazine article, but an attempt to stretch it to 130 plus pages is a bit much. In this case, less would definitely have been more.

Pub Date: Nov. 6th, 1986
Publisher: Quartet--dist. by Salem