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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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“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)

About the Author

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

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A Month on Greene Street

The first of August is usually only so notable—the start of the eighth month in the middle of summer on what might or might not be the hottest day ever. But this year, yowza, a lot was going on that day.

Little Sharri Monk was sure to lose another tooth, a partial lunar eclipse was due around 9:15 p.m., and Bette Monk (mother of Sharri; her older sister, Dale; and her younger brother, Eddie) was moving them all into a three-bedroom house on Greene Street. The home so picturesque she knew she would live there the moment she saw the real estate listing. Bette had a vision— pop—of herself and the kids in the kitchen for a busy breakfast. She was manning the stove-top griddle, turning pancakes, the kids in school clothes finishing their homework and fighting over the last of the orange juice . Her mental image was so focused, so particular, there was no question the house on Greene Street—oh, that massive sycamore tree in the front yard—would be hers. Theirs.

Bette had visions—was there any other way to put it? Not every day and never with any spiritual glow, but she would sense a flash, she’d see a pop, like a photo of a vacation taken long ago that held complete memories of all that happened before and all that came after. When her husband, Bob Monk, had come home from work one day— pop—Bette saw a full-color snapshot of him holding hands with Lorraine Conner-Smythe in the restaurant attached to the Mission Bell Marriott Hotel. Lorraine did consulting work with Bob’s company, so the two of them had many chances to sniff each other out. In that nanosecond Bette knew her marriage with Bob had gone from just fine to over. Pop

If Bette were to count all the times she had such visions—from when she was a little girl—and how those visions came to pass, she could have regaled a dinner party for a full evening with examples: the scholarship she would win four years after learning of its existence, the dorm room she would have in Iowa City, the man she would sleep with for the first time (not Bob Monk), the wedding dress she would wear at the altar (opposite Bob Monk), the view of the Chicago River she would enjoy once the job interview with the Sun-Times went her way, the phone call she saw coming the night her parents were hit by a drunk driver. She knew the sexes of her children the moment she saw the test results over the sink in her bathroom. The list went on and on and on. Not that she made a big deal out of any of the visions, claiming no special clairvoyance or an all-seeing mentalism. Bette thought most people had the same kind of visions, they just didn’t realize it. And not all of her visions came to pass. She once saw herself being a contestant on Jeopardy! but that never happened. Still, her accuracy ratio was awfully impressive.

Bob wanted to marry Lorraine as soon as their affair was discovered, so he paid for the privilege, assuring Bette’s financial security until the kids were off to college and the child support ceased. Buying the house on Greene Street required hoop jumping with the bank, glowing inspections, and a six-month escrow, but the deed was signed. The lawn, that sycamore, the front porch, all those bedrooms, and the minioffice attached to the garage made for a Promised Land, especially after the narrow, split-level condo in which she had first parked her money and where the four of them lived like kittens in a box, all on top of each other. Now they had a backyard, so deep and wide! With a pomegranate tree! Bette saw her kids— pop—in T-shirts covered in purple dribble spots come October!

Greene Street was isolated, with almost no traffic except the residents, making it safe for street play. On August 1 the kids begged the movers to unload their bikes and Eddie’s Big Wheel before anything else so they could cruise their new turf. The moving crew was a bunch of young Mexican guys who had kids of their own, so they were happy to oblige and to watch the children play, carefree, as they unpacked and carried a household’s worth of stuff.

Bette spent the morning testing her high school Spanish, sending boxes to the right rooms, and having furniture placed according to her intuition—the sofa facing the window, bookshelves bordering the fireplace. Around 11:00 a.m., Dale came running in with a pair of chubby boys, maybe ten years old, probably twins, both with the same bashful look and matching dimples. “Mom! This is Keyshawn and Trennelle. They live four houses over.” “Keyshawn. Trennelle,” Bette said. “Howdy do?” “They said I could have lunch with them.” Bette eyed the boys. “Is that true?” “Yes, ma’am,” said either Keyshawn or Trennelle. “Did you just call me ma’am?” “Yes, ma’am.” “You, Keyshawn, have good manners. Or are you Tren-nelle?” The boys pointed to themselves, saying their names. Since they dressed differently, not like twins in some movie, Bette would always know who was who. Plus, Keyshawn had his hair in perfectly tied cornrows while Trennelle’s head was shaved nearly clean. “What’s on the menu?” Bette asked. “Today we have franks and beans, ma’am.” “Who is making this lunch, exactly?” “Our Gramma Alice,” Trennelle told her. “Our mother works at AmCoFederal Bank. Our father works for Coca- Cola, but we’re not allowed to drink Coca- Cola. Only on Sun-day. Our Gramma Diane lives in Memphis. We don’t have granddads. Our mother will come to your house when she comes home and will bring you flowers from our garden to say ‘welcome wagon.’ Our father will come by, too, with some Coca- Cola, if it’s allowed, or Fanta, if you prefer. We didn’t ask Gramma Alice if there is going to be enough food for Eddie and Sharri, so they can’t come.”

“Mom! Yes? No?” Dale was just about to burst.

“Have something green with the franks and beans and I’m thinking yes.”

“Would apples be good with you, ma’am? For something green? We have green apples.”

“Apples would do the trick, Trennelle.”

The three kids lit out of the house, off the porch, down the steps, under the low-hanging limbs of the sycamore, and across the lawn. Bette followed just far enough to watch them rush through a front door four houses away. Then she hollered for Eddie and Sharri to park their bikes on the front lawn and come in for the sandwiches she would make as soon as she found the fixings.

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Lucille M. Zimmerman
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Each story is evocative and tender
Reviewed in the United States on December 6, 2017
This was the perfect book to take on a recent vacation to Mexico because it was light and entertaining. Uncommon Type contains 17 fiction stories. I''m so curious to know more about what inspired each of these. I guess I''ll do some digging. Hanks writes the way you would... See more
This was the perfect book to take on a recent vacation to Mexico because it was light and entertaining. Uncommon Type contains 17 fiction stories. I''m so curious to know more about what inspired each of these. I guess I''ll do some digging. Hanks writes the way you would imagine he would. Each story is evocative and tender. My favorite was the one about the young boy whose parents divorce. He lives with his dad, stepmom, and step siblings. But one day he gets to go home to his mom. The story is told from the vantage point of a child trying to make sense of the world, which still contains good things like apple juice and airplane rides, but it''s not the world he once knew. I don''t know much about Hank''s childhood, but it almost made me believe it was a story about himself.
There was one story I couldn''t make sense of, but I just skimmed it, and moved on. The title is Stay with Us.

The other fun thing is that Hanks is apparently a collector of old typewriters. There is a nod to typewriters in each story. Each chapter has a photograph of a typewriter. About halfway through the book I started wanting one. But then I wondered, "What kind would I get? How would I use it? etc." Fortunately there was a story written to a young woman that answers all those questions. That chapter is called These are the Mediations of My Heard.
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Reviewed in the United States on November 5, 2017
Uncommon Find: That is how I would characterize this collection of short stories. Almost everything about this is an anachronism: it celebrates typewriters, it is both entertaining and thought provoking, and it is composed entirely of short stories. Some are more geared... See more
Uncommon Find: That is how I would characterize this collection of short stories. Almost everything about this is an anachronism: it celebrates typewriters, it is both entertaining and thought provoking, and it is composed entirely of short stories. Some are more geared towards entertainment and some more geared toward serious commentary on human nature, but all are worthwhile reading. In an age when short stories are an endangered species, here is a collection that deserves the readers full attention. It is best not to race through these as most (but not all) of the stories stimulate thought and reflection because they portray significant aspects of the human experience. What I am saying is that this is real literature,a rare and almost extinct commodity these days. That deeply impresses me. I had grown cynical enough to believe that publishing houses had killed literature; chasing mega-sales of vacuous action-thriller novels or ridiculous fantasies and romance. If I were a high school English teacher I would introduce some of these stories to my class as contemporary examples of the craft so they could get a break from oldies but goodies like O.Henry or Edgar Allen Poe. Mr. Hanks has won a deep respect from me for investing himself in these observations of our world.
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A wonderfully satisfying read.
Reviewed in the United States on November 25, 2017
Yes, I am a TH fan, but I bought his book because I have enjoyed his storytelling and humor on talk shows and SNL. I am so glad I did. It has been a long time since I enjoyed a book of short stories this much. Every story is different. He has a great eye for charming... See more
Yes, I am a TH fan, but I bought his book because I have enjoyed his storytelling and humor on talk shows and SNL. I am so glad I did. It has been a long time since I enjoyed a book of short stories this much. Every story is different. He has a great eye for charming details that make them almost visible as you read, and a wonderful ear for dialog.

Let me say this to possible future readers: Yes, we love that familiar voice and his Everyman persona, but do yourself a favor and get the print version. It is meant to be READ and if you don''t you are doing the work a disservice. You can always get the audio version later, if you like.
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Gregory J Oliver
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Boring. (Sorry Tom)
Reviewed in the United States on May 22, 2018
The stories didn’t have a hook or plot to grab me. The story-telling was just a series of events without a goal. Each story ended with me feeling unsatisfied.
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Liz526
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Well-written collection Worth Reading
Reviewed in the United States on February 13, 2018
The stories in this collection were all different. After reading about the book, I was afraid the typewriter inclusions would come across in some pointed way, but instead it was either subtle or a very natural part of the story. The subjects crossed gender, class, even... See more
The stories in this collection were all different. After reading about the book, I was afraid the typewriter inclusions would come across in some pointed way, but instead it was either subtle or a very natural part of the story. The subjects crossed gender, class, even genre classification, although there were no horror stories or thrillers. The writer provided enjoyable reads all the way through. At times, I felt I could hear his voice coming through in the narration, but that was a positive thing in my view. I would recommend this book as a good gift for anyone who reads, as long as they are willing to share with the giver.
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Stella J
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Very enjoyable!
Reviewed in the United States on December 21, 2017
While I usually don''t enjoy short stories, I bought this book because I''m a huge Tom Hanks fan, and wanted to support his latest endeavor. To my surprise, I really enjoyed it! It certainly has the Hanks voice...you can almost hear him telling you these tales...but the... See more
While I usually don''t enjoy short stories, I bought this book because I''m a huge Tom Hanks fan, and wanted to support his latest endeavor. To my surprise, I really enjoyed it! It certainly has the Hanks voice...you can almost hear him telling you these tales...but the stories themselves are well worth reading, and a couple are very compelling. And, as an old user of manual and early electric typewriters back in the day, I enjoyed the quirky references to them. Nothing like that rhythmic and comforting clackity-clack is heard anymore!

I gave the book four instead of five stars because I wished that a couple of the stories had gone on longer...one could even be developed into a full novel. Which isn''t a fault of the book, but a constraint of the genre.
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It''s Not the Tom Hanks You Think You Know
Reviewed in the United States on January 18, 2019
I liked these stories, most expectedly wrapped around some theme of an antique typewriter. The style is homey, familial yet sometimes suddenly vulgar which was a surprise for me. Without it I would have gladly given 5 stars. The story about the war veteran''s family... See more
I liked these stories, most expectedly wrapped around some theme of an antique typewriter. The style is homey, familial yet sometimes suddenly vulgar which was a surprise for me. Without it I would have gladly given 5 stars. The story about the war veteran''s family Christmas in 1953 was touching to the point of tears. My favorite was a time-travel tale that I wished would just go on. It could have filled out to a novel in itself. I''ve always liked Tom Hanks as an actor and now I hope he will continue as a writer. Read this book.
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Disappointing
Reviewed in the United States on September 12, 2019
The book was entertaining at first, but it became too gimmicky. I felt like Hanks was trying to show the world he could write a typewriter into anything. The first two chapters were fun to read, but then the forced introduction of a typewriter got to be hackneyed. The... See more
The book was entertaining at first, but it became too gimmicky. I felt like Hanks was trying to show the world he could write a typewriter into anything. The first two chapters were fun to read, but then the forced introduction of a typewriter got to be hackneyed. The typewriter could just as easily have been a 1939 Dodge hood ornament. The chapter on weird time travel wasn''t good science fiction; it was way outside any realm of science fiction...just to prove he can write it and throw in a bit of macabre morality to boot. Then when I got to a chapter that looked like an attempt (poor) at screenplay, I just started flipping pages to get out. I can picture Hanks beaming at how clever he was, but not for me.
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SueKich
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Tom Hanks types.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 8, 2017
Tom Hanks collects typewriters. Here, in his fiction debut, he uses them as a linking thread in his short stories; occasionally, the device feels a little shoe-horned in but most of the time it works very well. Hanks can probably afford a castle to house his vast collection...See more
Tom Hanks collects typewriters. Here, in his fiction debut, he uses them as a linking thread in his short stories; occasionally, the device feels a little shoe-horned in but most of the time it works very well. Hanks can probably afford a castle to house his vast collection of typewriters yet to me it’s clear that the financial rewards of his success have not lifted his feet from the ground by even an inch. Many of the stories are about ordinary people in ordinary situations doing ordinary everyday things. And even in the more ‘out there’ stories, the emotions of his characters are recognisably real. Hanks’s genuine warmth, empathy and down-to-earth decency shine through – these surely are the very qualities that contribute so much to his acting ability. At first, it’s hard to shake off Hanks’s distinctive voice. But it’s not long before the author’s grasp of character takes over and one finds oneself immersed, tuning out Tom in favour of the voice in the story: A divorcee who moves to a quiet neighbourhood and fears she will be pestered by the guy next door. The ten-year old boy who goes to visit his estranged mother for a special birthday treat. The columnist of a local paper who feels compelled to big up his small town (one gets the feeling that in another life, Hanks might have enjoyed being a journo). There are sci-fi stories too, like a time-travel take on Cinder(f)ella which is very well-told even though the outcome is predictable. In fact, Hanks doesn’t once go for the smartypants, sting-in-the-tale short story payoff and, in my view, this is A Good Thing. The last story ‘Steve Wong Is Perfect’ was my favourite: a strike! All in all, a convincing and enjoyable debut – if a little vanilla. Give it a shot.
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Nelly
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Unusual collection of short stories, hence the name...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 13, 2018
When you come up through the writing world, you have to write short stories and enter them into competitions. Unfortunately, the current trend is that the darkly twisted, weird and grotesque ones, are more likely to win. So, for me, this was a refreshing take on the short...See more
When you come up through the writing world, you have to write short stories and enter them into competitions. Unfortunately, the current trend is that the darkly twisted, weird and grotesque ones, are more likely to win. So, for me, this was a refreshing take on the short story, with amusing and deeply touching vignettes, each one about love. An extra dimension was that I could hear Hanks'' voice in every sentence as we are so familiar with his acting career. I thoroughly enjoyed reading "The Uncommon Type". The title of the book is interesting too, as there are moments of revelation that we may not have thought about, when we are an average, ordinary person. In fact, there is nothing average about it, as we are all unique, uniquely placed in our time and culture. I get that Hanks, and thanks, what a great book.
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Scotsflower
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Uncommonly Great!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 5, 2018
I bought the book of Tom Hank''s short stories after listening to him reading the little jems on CD. I have enjoyed hearing and reading them so much. The stories often reflect on family life, romance, the impact of war and the complexity of human existence. My favourite...See more
I bought the book of Tom Hank''s short stories after listening to him reading the little jems on CD. I have enjoyed hearing and reading them so much. The stories often reflect on family life, romance, the impact of war and the complexity of human existence. My favourite involves time travel and even though as a reader you know where the tale will most likely end, you still feel surprised by how it turns out.Tom collects typewriters in real life and each story contains a reference to a machine in some way. Read this book. You will not regret it.
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Bravo, Mr Hanks!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 14, 2018
I bought this book with no great expectations but some curiosity as to how an actor would make out as a writer. Rich praise on the cover. Humph, I thought, most likely famous people being nice to a famous friend. I started reading. Not bad, I thought after the first couple...See more
I bought this book with no great expectations but some curiosity as to how an actor would make out as a writer. Rich praise on the cover. Humph, I thought, most likely famous people being nice to a famous friend. I started reading. Not bad, I thought after the first couple of stories, I might actually finish this book. Then: Hmm, this is pretty good. Later: Difficult to believe that Tom Hanks is such a good writer, too! I found myself savouring these stories like his famous box of chocolates. Each one engrosses you in a totally different scenario, and each time the language and the dialogue are pitch-perfect. For those of us who knew the US in the seventies it triggers happy memories of a lifestyle and a country that seem far simpler and happier, and indeed much more removed in time than a mere 40 years or so. It’s not only typewriters that link these well-crafted tales; it is Mr Hank’s fundamentally positive outlook on life, his whimsical humour and his hugely entertaining imagination. This is a book to make you happy. Buy it hardback – you might well wish to read it again.
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MG
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BORING!!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 9, 2018
I ordered these on CD, delivery was quick and efficient. Quality of the product is excellent would make a lovely Gift. Unfortunately I found the stories so boring but I wonder if it is because they are American based life styles which I can''t relate to. I am a big fan of...See more
I ordered these on CD, delivery was quick and efficient. Quality of the product is excellent would make a lovely Gift. Unfortunately I found the stories so boring but I wonder if it is because they are American based life styles which I can''t relate to. I am a big fan of Tom Hanks, he''s a larger than life character. Other reviews are amazing, so maybe it''s me.
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