Sunday, January 20, 2013

Confessions Of A New York Taxi Driver

Well, off she goes on her own into the big old world.  Confessions Of A New York Taxi Driver was officially published in the U.K., with distribution to the Commonwealth countries, on Jan. 17th.

I received a couple of advance copies on the 16th and placed one conspicuously on the dashboard of my taxi on the 17th, Publication Day, which was also a driving day for me.  It was a cheap ploy to attract attention from alert passengers onto the freak occurrence that their taxi driver had written a book about taxi driving in the same city in which they happened to be riding in a taxi.  This desperate plea for attention resulted in two sworn intentions to buy the book, several lively conversations, and in each case above-average tips.

So now I know that even if the book is a complete flop commercially, I have found yet another way to increase my tips.  Brilliant!  Or "brill", as my U.K. friends would say.

I am enthusiastic about how the book looks and feels.  The spacing of the paragraphs between the stories in each chapter is easy on the eye.  Its size and weight make it consumer-friendly, I think, and its length of 391 pages seems to me to be not too small to feel that there's not enough and not too big to confront the idea of reading it.   

And I think you'll find that the book "moves", meaning it takes you from one place to another rather effortlessly, like a ride in a taxi with a good suspension.

Now all you've got to do is get it.  And since you're a reader of this blog you are morally obligated to do so, or my agents at HarperCollins will track you down.  They know where you live!

If you're in the U.K. or in a Commonwealth country, you should be able to find it in your local bookstore.  Or if not, you can order it from Amazon.co.uk, of course.

If you're in the U.S. it can be ordered from Amazon.com. But you could also order it here for no shipping charges.

I hope you'll get it, read it, love it, and want to marry it.

And your comments would be most welcome, as always.

24 comments:

Rob. said...

Just finished reading you book - thoroughly enjoyed it, really interesting! Thanks! Rob (Norfolk, UK).

Paul said...

I've had it pre-ordered on kindle since early December. For some reason the release date was pushed back until this Friday. Can't wait to read it!

Julia Miles said...

I'd love to read your book!! I've had some crazy taxi experiences, especially this one time when I caught a Schaumburg taxi..but that's another story :) Is your book at Barnes and Nobles? I have a gift card to there. Let me know please!

Eugene Salomon said...

It isn't available yet via Barnes & Noble, but you can get it at Amazon.com or use the link in the post, the Book Depository (www.bookdepository.com).

april said...

I just marvel at your objective viewpoint. Can't wait to turn the pages.

J. Graham said...

Ordered your book from Book Depository and it arrived 9
Days later: not bad! Am laughing out loud several times per
page. You are a great storyteller : the real thing.
J. Graham

Paul Allen said...

Just finished reading your book here in the not so sunny Forest of Dean, UK. I too pre-ordered via Amazon for my Kindle, have to say great read, and you have much more patience than I ever will have.
Thanks for sharing your experiences.

Paul

Harry said...

Just finished reading your book. Quite the masterpiece. I immediately ordered 10 copies online for my friends. Thank you

King of New York Hacks said...

Brilliant !!!..Just catching up on all the blogs I've missed since Hurricane Sandy hit...Gene my friend and inspiration, just ordered your masterpiece ....can't wait to read what you've been holding out on us all this time...So happy for you bro, and expect you to autograph my copy personally at one of the Starbucks you stop at nightly, AND get a photo together !! Long overdue bro !!...you are the most deserving taxi driver in NYC and in my view the World to get a book published, and I'm your biggest fan, thanks for all you write, photo, and inspire...Peace my brother.

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Weighty Blogger said...

Just finished reading your book...loved it....I borrowed it from the library but am going to buy my own copy just as soon as I can... Will there be a Confessions part II? (Naomi, Portsmouth, UK)

Eugene Salomon said...

Hi Naomi, I do plan to write a sequel as I've got plenty of stories that aren't in the book! Please have a look through the archives for a sneak preview.

Ben (Southampton UK) said...

Thanks for your book! I have just finished it in record time. So nice to see into a small moment of so many people's lives. Really enjoyed it. :)

Allan Mercer said...

Downloaded your book off google play, as a fellow cab driver in Liverpool I loved it from start to finish. You hit the nail on the head with some of the groups you can categorise people into ! Thoroughly recommended! Allan , Liverpool uk

Stephen, Glasgow, UK said...

Just finished reading your book. Thoroughly enjoyed it. I love NYC and hope to visit again soon. I was staying with friends on Long Island and was driven into and around the City to do 'tourist stuff'. I made a point of hailing a cab just to go on a ride. Riding a yellow taxi was number 5 on my list of tourist activities.

Anonymous said...

Great book and very entertaining. Thank you! I am coming to NYC again next year, so how can I make sure that I can get a ride in your cab? Large tip and a Starbucks tall pike awaiting.....!

Chris Morris said...

Just finished your book. Really enjoyed it. You know what though. I like watching True Crime documentaries. I've seen quite a few which feature the gangland slaying of Paul Castellano. Now I'm going to have to watch them all again to see if I can spot your yellow cab! To save myself some time, I'll deem the first one I see as being yours!

TestBlio said...

I finished reading your book last week and thoroughly enjoyed it! When I visit New York again next year I wonder if I'll manage to get your taxicab?.. The odds are against it though I fear. I shall be keeping up to date with your blog in future :)

wendy said...

Really enjoyed the book! You sound like a true gentleman :)

Soyeb from London in Berlin said...

I just finished reading your book. I enjoyed it very much. Thank you.

Nobody believes me when I tell them about you being hailed from your rear view mirror.

Joanne Booth said...

Hi Mr Salomon, 2 Brits from Manchester just finished your book with a our first trip to NYC in between starting & finishing it. So to start we had no idea where you were driving, by the time we finished we had walked or driven along most of the streets - brill !!! Fab book, loved it and can't wait for number 2. We did look out for you but sadly didn't encounter a true American cabbie whilst we were in the big apple. Take care, may all your lights be green!!! Joanne & Paul x

Eugene Salomon said...

Thanks, Joanne... using the book to tour NYC - now that really is brill!! Sorry you missed me, but I don't know how that happened, since I'm so easy to spot. I was the guy driving around in the yellow car.

Joanne Booth said...

What can we say. - your the new lonely planet !! Planning a spring or early autumn trip for next year so we'll look harder for that yellow car next time !!!!! Best wishes J&P ps our friends just downloaded your book on kindle after our recommendation and guess what ....? They LOVE it !!!

Anonymous said...

Just read your book made me even more determined to get to nyc"excellent";-)