Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks
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Is this great literature? No — it's too generic and mawkish. But Uncommon Type offers heartfelt charm along with nostalgia for sweeter, simpler times...
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A collection of seventeen wonderful short stories showing that two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks is as talented a writer as he is an actor.

A gentle Eastern European immigrant arrives in New York City after his family and his life have been torn apart by his country's civil war. A man who loves to bowl rolls a perfect game--and then another and then another and then many more in a row until he winds up ESPN's newest celebrity, and he must decide if the combination of perfection and celebrity has ruined the thing he loves. An eccentric billionaire and his faithful executive assistant venture into America looking for acquisitions and discover a down and out motel, romance, and a bit of real life. These are just some of the tales Tom Hanks tells in this first collection of his short stories. They are surprising, intelligent, heartwarming, and, for the millions and millions of Tom Hanks fans, an absolute must-have!
 

About Tom Hanks

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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.
 
Published October 17, 2017 by Knopf. 416 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Heller McAlpin on Oct 17 2017

Is this great literature? No — it's too generic and mawkish. But Uncommon Type offers heartfelt charm along with nostalgia for sweeter, simpler times...

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Reviewed by Mark Lawson on Oct 18 2017

Uncommon Type has more connective architecture than most collections: the first, seventh and last of the 17 stories feature the same characters, while four of the others take the form of pieces by a veteran columnist on a dying regional newspaper, Hank Fiset.

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Reviewed by Alex Preston on Oct 15 2017

Hanks’s stories – Alan Bean Plus Four aside – are forgettable, middle-of-the-road and touched by the special banality of mere competence.

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