Amidst all of the blogs-turned-into-books floating around out there, Dmitry Samarov's Hack: Stories from a Chicago Cab stands out as one of the best. Samarov, who has been driving a cab for nearly two decades, also spent time honing his artistic skills at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. For some time, he's published a blog based on his experiences as a cabbie, and out of that comes Hack. Samarov takes the reader into the world of the cabbie, and with his true stories and illustrations, paints a portrait of Chicago life in all of its grit and glory. I appreciated the variety of Samarov's vignettes, which range from the mundane to the wild. The book's illustrations are an added plus that further enhance one's reading experience. Hack is a great choice for anyone curious about life as a cabbie, and for those who enjoy reading about Chicago.
(Karen, Reader's Services)