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The Lighter Side of Yellow

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by: bobby bazoo
Books with a 5 star rating  (14)
Publication Date: December 17, 2013
Book Size: 5.5" x 8.5"
Pages: 166
Binding: Perfect Bound
Color: Black and White
ISBN: 9781620307861

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Book Synopsis
Award-winning author and humorist Bobby Bazoo shares his non-fiction musings about life as a cab driver.

The book takes readers on a humorous romp through the oft-maligned profession of nighttime cab driving.
Using his years of experience and pitch-perfect wit, Bazoo shows us all what it really means to work in a service industry.

It happens a lot these days.....

A man needs to make ends meet and takes on a second job. In Bobby Bazoo's case, he started driving a taxi during the nighttime hours. He found a lot of what anyone would expect as a nighttime cabbie, but what he never expected was the hilarious series of passengers that kept him coming back for more night after night.

In The Lighter Side of Yellow, Bobby gives us all a chance to ride along and meet the parade of characters that climbed or crawled into the back seat of his taxi.

Fun and fast-paced, the book weaves silliness with honesty, keeping the reader laughing and wondering what will happen in the next chapter !!
Customer Comments

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Posted: January 21, 2014
Customer comment 5 star rating
This book was a LOT of fun! I couldn't put it down and stayed up late one night and read the entire book in one sitting!

The book has very pithy chapter titles. They relate to the story lines, but often you don't know how until the very end of the chapter, which I thought was extremely clever.

The author is a humorist and it shows. The book is very well written and his humor is very subtle and cerebral, like a true humorist would be.

Each chapter is a different experience with different passengers, and the interaction between Bobby Bazoo and his customers is not only enlightening, but often hilarious!

Overall, it is light, easy, and FUN reading. As the author points out in the introduction, it is a great book to read on your way to work. For example, sitting on a train, bus, or even while traveling on a plane, I am sure. It would be a great way to pass the time.

I will definitely read through it again, as it was always provided me with either laughs and smiles, which is what the author wanted to do.

I give the book 5 stars and recommend it to anyone! Suitable for all ages! Loved it!
Greg Iacono
Posted: January 21, 2014
Customer comment 5 star rating
A fun, freaky, and utterly interesting ride!

Let me start my review by being brutally honest. I only read this because the name of the author was so different, I couldn't help but stop and take a look. Bobby Bazoo? How'd this poor guy ever make it through grade school with a name like that?!

All kidding aside, Mr. Bazoo is a heck of a storyteller and his fabulous little book kept me glued to my seat from page one. I have worked in a number of industries in the service sector, including the moving and storage business, and I know full well that the people you can and do meet on a regular basis, run the gamut from quiet and timid to raucous and rowdy and everything in between.

Those people are all on display in The Lighter Side of Yellow and they paint a picture of urban life that's at once terrifying, chuckle inducing, and poignant. I had no idea how dangerous it actually can be to be a taxi driver and, while the author tends to stick to kind, upbeat stories in his book, there is definitely an edge to it that lets the reader know that it's not all fun and games.

If you travel a lot and happen to take taxis on a regular basis, this book should definitely be required reading. I will readily admit that I've always been a little wary of taxi drivers, especially after living for five years in Peru and taking taxis on a regular basis. Down there, however, the situation was reversed as I was usually the sane, calm person while the taxi drivers were, without being too harsh,.....freaking nuts!

They are, however, just like me and you and definitely deserve respect, especially for having to deal with the kind of people they deal with on a regular basis. In any case, The Lighter Side of Yellow is an immensely fun read and I enjoyed it from start to finish.

Highly recommended !!
meghan colvera
Posted: January 24, 2014
Customer comment 5 star rating
Bobby Bazoo’s The Lighter Side of Yellow reminds me a lot of the best essays of David Sedaris. Bazoo’s book, however, has more. It is grittier, funnier, and you can completely relate with the stories—after all, who hasn’t experienced riding in a taxicab?

The Lighter Side of Yellow puts you in the passenger seat of Bazoo’s taxi. Yes, like certain writers who “mined” their jobs for interesting stories to tell, Bazoo is actually a cab driver—a highly talented cab driver with a literary gift. While working the night shift, Bazoo took copious notes of the personalities he had the good fortune (or misfortune, depending on how you look at it) to ferry to their respective destinations.

Braving the risk of crime—often fatal, according to meticulously cited statistics—Bazoo plied the streets at night for years, and gathered a treasure trove of interesting stories to tell. Not all of his passengers are strange or weird; the other half are.

It’s fortunate that Bazoo can also write—and write so well. He has that intelligent kind of humor that is an utter pleasure to consume. His play on words is wry and hilarious, describing a passenger in her seventies as “spirited,” for example. Bazoo goes on to explain that by “spirited” he means “like a banshee or poltergeist.”

I chuckled at the humor the first time; I was laughing out loud after that.

Incidentally, you also pick up a morsel of wisdom here and there—Bazoo’s vignettes are actually lessons in customer service served in enjoyable form. You realize that often, improving customer relations could be achieved by the simplest of gestures: giving a piece of candy, perhaps, or a kind word, and the effect would be tremendously transformative.

I can’t recommend The Lighter Side of Yellow enough. It is a highly entertaining read that brims with wisdom, cracks with humor, and delightfully enlightening.

Five stars, no less !!
Laurie Russell
Posted: January 30, 2014
Customer comment 5 star rating
I bought Bobby Bazoo's book after hearing my daughter talk about it. I have to say, I thoroughly ENJOYED it!

Bazoo's humor is subtle, sometimes off-beat, creative, but often cerebral. You will find that he is very patient with the vast number of quirks and oddities that he had to deal with. I never had any idea what cabbies put up with.

In short, the book is cleverly written, and often times embarrassingly funny. I read some of it in public and got strange looks from people, wondering what the heck I was reading. The only regret I have is that I'm running out of pages as I am approaching the end of the book!

Laughing-out-loud FUN !! Please, Bobby Bazoo, give us MORE!
christine pierce
Posted: February 4, 2014
Customer comment 5 star rating
I loved this book!

It was witty, light, cheerful and absolutely adorable! It's a pretty
quick read and easy on the eyes. Even if you've never ridden in a taxi, it would still be enjoyable. I also liked the way he (the author) didn't use any foul language, but still managed to keep it light and funny. The author seems to be very down-to-earth and surprisingly easy to relate to.

I think this book would make an excellent gift and plan on buying it for my sister.
Allison S
Posted: February 13, 2014
Customer comment 5 star rating
This book is both fun and funny. I bought it online and randomly started skimming through it. I ended up reading passages out loud to my husband everywhere we went. I bought it and when I was done reading it I was a little sad, because i wanted more!

The book is honest, engaging, light hearted, and sometimes hilarious. After reading this book, I'm sure I will read anything this author writes in the future. Very clever and witty. It is quick and easy reading, and I recommend it to anyone. Especially if you're curious about some of the zany passengers who ride in a taxi.
stephen w
Posted: February 19, 2014
Customer comment 5 star rating
I feel like I need to mention the witty and insightful writing, because the author Bobby Bazoo nearly killed me with some of the humor in this book. And, he managed to keep me engaged until the last chapter. I felt like I was sitting in the passenger seat during each adventure. Oh, my stars! All five of them.
Evelyn Martinez
Posted: February 26, 2014
Customer comment 5 star rating
This book made me giggle with happiness because it was so fun to read!

All giggles aside though, it is a well written and thorough book. I appreciate that you can tell the author wanted it to be fun for people to read, but not in a way that made it a joke or a gimmick. I also really liked the author's note explaining how he came about the idea for writing this book. I really enjoyed it and I hope he continues his writing.

I am looking forward to the next one!
randy matthews
Posted: March 4, 2014
Customer comment 5 star rating
This is the kind of book that you start reading on the commute home and "accidentally" skip dinner to finish in one sitting. Not that I'm speaking from personal experience or anything.

Bobby Bazoo has timing that is impeccable. He knows exactly when to be funny (and is he ever) and most impressively, he knows when to get you to sit up and pay attention. I'm living proof that you don't have to be a theater-going nutcase to get sucked into Bazoo's magnetic love of writing. I've never seen hearty enthusiasm tempered with occasional sarcasm so brilliantly put to page.

This book is fun, fun, FUN. Five stars.
kevin mackey
Posted: March 18, 2014
Customer comment 5 star rating
This book will have you laughing one second and contemplating life the next. It is the perfect mixture of funny, lovely, weird, heart-warming, and strange. Some of the best experiences I've ever read.

I read the book in a day, that's how good it was.

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