Bookshelf: Pleasure Seekers and Secret Keepers

BY Diane Anderson-Minshall

February 24 2012 4:00 AM ET

Gypsy Boy: My Life in the Secret World of the Romany Gypsies by Mikey Walsh X390 | ADVOCATE.COMTune in Tokyo: The Gaijin Diaries by Tim Anderson
Now in paperback and Kindle editions, this hilariously true story follows what happened when a tall white gay Southerner (“a feckless pothead approaching the ripe old age of 30”) who didn’t speak a lick of Japanese decided on a whim to leave three part-time jobs and one boyfriend (“the reverse of which being preferable”) to go teach English in Tokyo. Tim Anderson’s delightful memoir is a must for anyone who dreams of a more exotic life outside their city — or cubicle — walls. Best of all, Anderson’s irreverent and fascinating tales go way beyond the usual fish-out-of-water tropes, whether it’s him playing drums in an otherwise all-Japanese noise band or trying to fully grasp Harajuku fashion. (AmazonEncore, $7) — Diane Anderson-Minshall 

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