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Loco in Yokohama

by Shaun McKenna

Staff Writer

I remember heading to the pub years ago, after teaching English at a high school, to swap horror stories with my peers. Baye McNeil’s “Loco in Yokohama” is, in that sense, a trip down memory lane.

After receiving good reviews from his self-published debut, “Hi! My Name is Loco and I am a Racist,” McNeil looks to strike gold with a second volume of tales from his time in Japan. While his first book dealt with life as a black American in Japan, “Loco in Yokohama” narrows the potential readership by focusing on the author’s days teaching at junior high schools. Still, the story is broken up with interludes featuring anecdotes from outside the classroom, which could even get non-teachers screaming, “Yes, I hate that!”

If you can’t get to the pub, commiserate with McNeil from the comfort of home.

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