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Uncommon Type : Some Stories

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One of the Best Books of the Year: NPR, USA Today National Bestseller

A small-town newspaper columnist with old-fashioned views of the modern world. A World War II veteran grappling with his emotional and physical scars. A second-rate actor plunged into sudden stardom and a whirlwind press junket. Four friends traveling to the moon in a rocketship built in the backyard. These are just some of the stories that Tom Hanks captures in his first work of fiction: a collection of shorts that explore--with great affection, humor, and insight--the human condition in all its foibles. The stories are linked by one thing: in each of them, a typewriter plays a part, sometimes minor, sometimes central. To many, typewriters represent a level of craftsmanship, beauty, and individuality that is harder and harder to find in the modern world. In these stories, Hanks gracefully reaches that typewriter-worthy level. By turns whimsical, witty, and moving, Uncommon Type establishes him as a welcome and wonderful new voice in contemporary fiction.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 130 x 201 x 23mm | 363g
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1101911948
  • 9781101911945
  • 1,297,502

Review Text

"Wonderful." -NPR

"First-rate." -Janet Maslin, The New York Times

"Funny, moving, deftly surprising." -Carl Hiaasen

"[Hanks] is a delightful storyteller." -Los Angeles Times

"Wise and hilarious." -Steve Martin

"Accomplished and delightful. . . . Terrific. . . . Hanks proves his bona fides as a serious scribe." -USA Today

"Offers heartfelt charm. . . . Even when Hanks writes about somber subjects . . . he finds a sweet spot." -NPR

"These stories are a hit. . . . There is life here, and humour, along with evocative moments of reflection on the state of the American dream." -Financial Times

"Reading Tom Hanks's Uncommon Type is like finding out that Alice Munro is also the greatest actress of our time." -Ann Patchett

"Delightful. . . . Moving. . . . Filled with warmth, comedy and wisdom, this companionable collection is as appealing as its author." -BookPage

"As charming and as (the descriptor has become unavoidable) all-American as the author himself." -Time

"A collection that showcases [Hanks's] love of words and typewriters." -O, The Oprah Magazine

"There is often a powerful sense of other lives imagined at a level that goes deeper than writerly research." -The Guardian

"A debut short story collection that's as engaging it is charming." -Paste

"The central quality to Tom's writing is a kind of poignant playfulness. It's exactly what you hope from him, except you wish he were sitting in your home, reading it aloud to you, one story at a time." -Mindy Kaling

"Skillfully crafted. . . . Smart and equally heartfelt, this collection is a must-read for fans of the actor and literary lovers alike." -Bustle

"Spiked with humor, whimsy and insight. . . . Mr. Hanks creates a strong sense of people, places and possibilities. . . . The short stories in Uncommon Type often explore what might have been, what was before (and after) the divorce, or the move, or the press junket gone awry." -Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"Funny, wise, gloriously inventive and humane. Tom Hanks sees inside people-a wary divorcee, a billionaire trading desire for disaster, a boy witnessing his father's infidelity, a motley crew shooting for the moon-with such acute empathy and good humour we'd follow him anywhere." -Anna Funder, author of Stasiland and All That I Am

"Tom Hanks is a natural born storyteller. . . . He belongs to a tradition of American storytellers that includes Mark Twain or O Henry although there is a range of work in Uncommon Type that defies such a catch-all definition. . . . There is an ease in his writing and a pleasure in the reading." -The Scotland Herald
"Creative and funny. . . . Cut[s] right down to the bone of human nature." -Austin Chronicle

"The stories in Uncommon Type range from the hilarious to the deeply touching. . . . All demonstrate a joy in writing, a pleasure in communicating an intensely American sense of atmosphere, friendship, life and family that is every bit as smart, engaging and humane as the man himself." -Stephen Fry

"Superbly observed. . . . [There is a] variety of voices here, all of them masterfully hewn and cosily embedded." -Irish Independent

"Delightful. . . . Hanks's prose is impressive, with a strong voice and stylistic flair. . . . Fluent, convincing and confident." -The Times (London)
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Review quote

"Wonderful." --NPR "First-rate." --Janet Maslin, The New York Times "Funny, moving, deftly surprising." --Carl Hiaasen "[Hanks] is a delightful storyteller." --Los Angeles Times

"Wise and hilarious." --Steve Martin "Accomplished and delightful. . . . Terrific. . . . Hanks proves his bona fides as a serious scribe." --USA Today "Offers heartfelt charm. . . . Even when Hanks writes about somber subjects . . . he finds a sweet spot." --NPR "These stories are a hit. . . . There is life here, and humour, along with evocative moments of reflection on the state of the American dream." --Financial Times "Reading Tom Hanks's Uncommon Type is like finding out that Alice Munro is also the greatest actress of our time." --Ann Patchett "Delightful. . . . Moving. . . . Filled with warmth, comedy and wisdom, this companionable collection is as appealing as its author." --BookPage

"As charming and as (the descriptor has become unavoidable) all-American as the author himself." --Time "A collection that showcases [Hanks's] love of words and typewriters." --O, The Oprah Magazine

"There is often a powerful sense of other lives imagined at a level that goes deeper than writerly research." --The Guardian

"A debut short story collection that's as engaging it is charming." --Paste "The central quality to Tom's writing is a kind of poignant playfulness. It's exactly what you hope from him, except you wish he were sitting in your home, reading it aloud to you, one story at a time." --Mindy Kaling "Skillfully crafted. . . . Smart and equally heartfelt, this collection is a must-read for fans of the actor and literary lovers alike." --Bustle "Spiked with humor, whimsy and insight. . . . Mr. Hanks creates a strong sense of people, places and possibilities. . . . The short stories in Uncommon Type often explore what might have been, what was before (and after) the divorce, or the move, or the press junket gone awry." --Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Funny, wise, gloriously inventive and humane. Tom Hanks sees inside people--a wary divorcee, a billionaire trading desire for disaster, a boy witnessing his father's infidelity, a motley crew shooting for the moon--with such acute empathy and good humour we'd follow him anywhere." --Anna Funder, author of Stasiland and All That I Am

"Tom Hanks is a natural born storyteller. . . . He belongs to a tradition of American storytellers that includes Mark Twain or O Henry although there is a range of work in Uncommon Type that defies such a catch-all definition. . . . There is an ease in his writing and a pleasure in the reading." --The Scotland Herald
"Creative and funny. . . . Cut[s] right down to the bone of human nature." --Austin Chronicle

"The stories in Uncommon Type range from the hilarious to the deeply touching. . . . All demonstrate a joy in writing, a pleasure in communicating an intensely American sense of atmosphere, friendship, life and family that is every bit as smart, engaging and humane as the man himself." --Stephen Fry "Superbly observed. . . . [There is a] variety of voices here, all of them masterfully hewn and cosily embedded." --Irish Independent

"Delightful. . . . Hanks's prose is impressive, with a strong voice and stylistic flair. . . . Fluent, convincing and confident." --The Times (London)
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About Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks has been an actor, screenwriter, director and, through Playtone, a producer. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, and The New Yorker. This is his first collection of fiction.
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