Uncommon Type Kindle Á Hardcover

Uncommon Type Kindle Á Hardcover
    Uncommon Type Kindle Á Hardcover 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 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."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 405 pages
  • Uncommon Type
  • Tom Hanks
  • English
  • 10 January 2018
  • 1101946156

Uncommon Type➝ Uncommon Type free download ➢ Author Tom Hanks – Essayreview.co.uk A collection of seventeen wonderful short stories showing that two time Oscar winner Tom Hanks is as talented a writer as he is an actorA gentle Eastern European immigrant arrives in New York City aft A collection of seventeen wonderful short stories showing that two time Oscar winner Tom Hanks is as talented a writer as he is an actorA 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 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 the Author: Tom Hanks

Thomas Jeffrey Tom Hanks born July , is an American actor and filmmaker He is known for his roles in Big , Philadelphia , Forrest Gump , Apollo , Saving Private Ryan, You ve Got Mail both , Cast Away , The Da Vinci Code , Captain Phillips, and Saving Mr Banks both , as well as for his voice work in the animated films The Polar Express and the Toy Story series.


10 thoughts on “Uncommon Type

  1. says:

    These stories are aggressively competent and aggressively bland There is a very old fashioned feel to them as if the author yearns for simpler times The present day stories make sure to note things like iPhones and podcasts as if to remind us that he knows technology exists The stories also portray a pleasant, multiethnic world where everything has gone the way of Benetton ads and all is well among all of us But the stories have no teeth They aren t memorable They are aggressively competen These stories are aggressively competent and aggressively bland There is a very old fashioned feel to them as if the author yearns for simpler times The present day stories make sure to note things like iPhones and podcasts as if to remind us that he knows technology exists The stories also portray a pleasant, multiethnic world where everything has gone the way of Benetton ads and all is well among all of us But the stories have no teeth They aren t memorable They are aggressively competent but they aren t necessarily good and they certainly aren t bad They just are Alas

  2. says:

    Audiobook..narrated by none other than Tom Hanks himself I was looking forward to Tom Hanks debut unveiling for months.having pre paid for the audiobook the second I learned Tom Hanks was reading HIS STORIES.I was especially excited to listen to Skyline High School celebrity classmate render imagery, illuminate and spotlight juicy details with a wide range of textures feelings and thoughts I wanted him to dramatize flaunt personify exemplify all of his greatness..and for m Audiobook..narrated by none other than Tom Hanks himself I was looking forward to Tom Hanks debut unveiling for months.having pre paid for the audiobook the second I learned Tom Hanks was reading HIS STORIES.I was especially excited to listen to Skyline High School celebrity classmate render imagery, illuminate and spotlight juicy details with a wide range of textures feelings and thoughts I wanted him to dramatize flaunt personify exemplify all of his greatness..and for me he did I m not sure I would recommend racing to hear story after story after story as I did a hungry glutton It s 10 hours long I finished it in 2 days.a two day Tom Hank intensive audiothon I didn t think I would tire of listening to Tommy Hanks.but I admit I did need a few breaks What stands out the most for me is HOW CREATIVE and BRILLIANT is mind is I ve already shared this a few time A few of the stories I ABSOLUTELY LOVED..and even the few I wasn t as crazy about they were often the stories I most admired Hanks utilizes language plots characterization emotions gadgets landmarks history foods nature entertainment relationships family friends and the vintage typewriter to enhance enrich his stories 17 stories is an ambitious undertaking for his first collection of fiction Tom Hanks is as well qualified to show his writing skills to the world as any other seasoned author.actor, screen writer, director, producer, Hanks has written before His writings have appeared in The New York Times , Vanity Fair , and The New Yorker So he s not that much of a newbie to the craft I was laughing hysterically in one of the stories where Anna LITTLE Ms.BOSSY in Three Exhausting Weeks..keeps her lazy loafer boyfriend running literally , doing yoga, stretching, drinking almond milk doesn t he realize milk can kill him , cleaning her yard, painting walls in her apartment, taking scuba diving lessons, being his jump to it errand boy all for the pleasure of good sex no naps however 6am sharp time to GET TO WORK This story is soooooo funny and soooo exhausting Classic FUNNY Welcome to Mars is a different type of story altogether about a surfer who was celebrating his 19th B day at his favorite beach with his dad..It s a heartbreaking story and left a lasting impression with me Christmas Eve is a sad story about a World War II veteran.Santa Claus children even the tooth fairy.also a lasting gut wrenching story Our Town is FUN back to laughing again in New York City. Great characters 17 stories in all. that include families, neighbors, community gatherings, men and women dialogues, starwar curtains, A flea market outing in Alameda, dating wars, dinner in the old spaghetti factory, A woodpecker, flip flops, kids dog piling on their father, ex boyfriend and ex husband, margaritas, telescopes, space program stories, a PLASTIC typewriter,..ha many typewriter stories, chili dogs, kennel corn, tunafish sandwich without lettuce, bowling, a Broadway actress, yummy popsiclesall inspired by punching the typewriter keys a tribute to THE TYPEWRITER.I ve heard the mixed reviews already A full range of ratings are coming out It was a smiling joy for me.Tom Hanks got a great start at our old Skykine High School he is not talented, kind, lovable, but a VERY SMART COOKIE I m satisfiedand will indulge listening to Tommy again

  3. says:

    In her living room she opened the windows to get a bit of breeze The sun had set, so the first fireflies of the evening would begin to flare in a bit She sat on the windowsill and enjoyed the cold, shaped pineapple and watched as squirrels ran along the telephone wires, perfect sine waves with their bodies and tails Sitting there, she had her second ice pop as well, until the fireflies began to float magically above the patches of grass and sidewalk I m not a Hollywood fan, nor I enjoyIn her living room she opened the windows to get a bit of breeze The sun had set, so the first fireflies of the evening would begin to flare in a bit She sat on the windowsill and enjoyed the cold, shaped pineapple and watched as squirrels ran along the telephone wires, perfect sine waves with their bodies and tails Sitting there, she had her second ice pop as well, until the fireflies began to float magically above the patches of grass and sidewalk I m not a Hollywood fan, nor I enjoy watching films all that often My tastes leanon British and European Cinema I don t read actors biographies or books written by celebrities However, in the case of Uncommon Type , it s Tom Hanks we re talking about I can t think of another actor who makes you feel as if you actually know him, as if every role of his is performed for each and every member of the audience He is widely loved in Greece, he is widely loved everywhere and quite a few of his films are considered classics of the 7th Art This collection of short stories is written in a simple, eloquent, flowing writing style Humane, immediate, confessional It is a brilliant token of the distinguished American writing, it is the voice of Tom Hanks, the Everyman, and if you don t like it, well.you need Jesus in your life.In 17 stories, Tom Hanks creates characters out of life The inspiration seems to be the types of New York mainly residents, even some of the roles he has performed in his astonishing career Each story is embellished with the photo of a typewriter that plays a characteristic part in many of the stories The importance and joy of writing is everywhere, the need to communicate feelings and thoughts first to ourselves and to the people around us His themes are universal and relevant to our daily lives Love, companionship, the errs and joys of the past, self dignity, immigration, togetherness and a deep, acute feeling of nostalgia A journey through the USA, with the metropolis of New York ever present, in one way or another.So, without further ado, the 17 stories areThree Exhausting WeeksTwo best friends decide to become an item, but they seem to be highly incompatible Poor guy starts feeling as if he has signed for the Olympics preparations or the NASA training Anna is one of the most authoritative people to ever grace a book and this story is hilarious and nostalgic at the same timeChristmas Eve 1953A beautiful Christmas story that takes us back to 1953 and to 1944, the D Day, its aftermath and the wounds, physical and psychological that are inflicted upon those who survived the inferno in the shores of NormandyA Junket in the City of LightA story about a rising Hollywood star and the ordeals coming from exhausting press junkets and over demanding studios Paris, during the night, provides the beautiful settingOur Town Today with Hank Fiset An Elephant in the PressroomA glimpse into the conflict between the printed version of a newspaper and the coldness of reading your newspaper on a digital deviceWelcome to MarsA sad tale of the bonding between a father and a son, a story full of the sun, the sea and surfingA Month on Greene StreetA story set in the sleepy suburbs, during the dog days of August A divorced mother of two starts a new life in a welcoming, peaceful neighborhood This is a text filled with the laughter of children, the soothing early evening atmosphere, and a certain kind of hope for starting anewAlan Bean Plus Four We revisit our unique couple of Three Exhausting Weeks in a story that brings Apollo 13 to mindOur Town Today with Hank Fiset At Loose in the Big AppleA celebration of New York in the form of an account from our grumpy but sweet journalist with a tiny bit of nostalgia for ainnocent eraWho s WhoThe Big Apple is the city where dreams are supposed to come true However, young Sue from Arizona, an aspiring actress who can act and sing and dance finds her dreams crushed all too soon Until, a sudden appearance proves that possibly, dreams can still become realityA beautiful story of youth and aspirations set in 1978A Special Weekend The story of a boy who loves typewriters and airplanes, living a difficult life after the divorce of his parents I confess that the end gave me chillsThese Are the Meditations of My Heart A story of impeccable writing and immense beauty that reminded me once again how much I love typewritersOur Town Today with Hank Fiset Back From Back In Time Our favourite reporter takes a trip down memory lane escorted by his trusted typewriterThe Past Is Important to Us This story was a true surprise A combination of Historical Fiction and Sci fi where a scientist travels back to the 1939 for the sake of a woman An impressive look into a potential future and a tale that shows how closely linked the past and the present actually areStay with Us This story is written in the form of a film script and therefore, it really flows Departing from Las Vegas, a wealthy, kind hearted businessman and his personal assistant find themselves in the middle of nowhere and change the lives of the residents, while finding a new meaning in their own This is a story full of happiness, camaraderie and trustGo See Costas In this story, Mr Hanks celebrates diversity, multiculturalism and companionship, without whitewashing the problems and the fears faced by the immigrants His love for Greece isthan well known, and here we find Greeks, Cypriots, Bulgarians Set in the heart of the era of immigration to New York, this story is a hymn to the abilities and persistence of hardworking people who desire a better life, without forgetting their principles and without resorting to shady means A tale that shows that people may come from different backgrounds economical, educational, ethnic , but these factors mean very little when we are faced with adversities In the end, it is the heart that matters A story that couldn t berelevant to the chaos and conflicts of our timesOur Town Today with Hank Fiset Your Evangelista, Esperanza The grumpy reporter gives the spotlight to Esperanza who reminds us that there is actually life without a smartphone, Facebook and the likeSteve Wong Is Perfect The last word belongs to the insane gang of the beginning and to bowling Hilarious and nostalgic.This is a collection to be cherished and kept as a good friend to whom we may return when in doubt and in need of a comfort Not because the writer is named Tom Hanks and heralded as one of the finest actors to ever grace our screens This is a book of simple, unpretentious beauty 17 stories of people who could be our neighbours, our friends, our lovers, our parents, written in the immediacy and clarity that characterizes the majority of American Literature, a trustworthy volume like a trustworthy Royal typewriter Let it carry you away.Many thanks to Penguin Random House, Tom Hanks and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.My reviews can also be found on

  4. says:

    Tom Hanks clearly loves typewriters He wrote this up on one, which is really quite cool if you think about it He made me want to get one just for the sake of it, which, for me, demonstrates a large part of the effectiveness of his writingMake the machine part of your life A part of your day Do not use it a few times, then need room on the table and close it back into its case to sit on a shelf in the back of a closet Do that and you may never write with it againThe best story in h Tom Hanks clearly loves typewriters He wrote this up on one, which is really quite cool if you think about it He made me want to get one just for the sake of it, which, for me, demonstrates a large part of the effectiveness of his writingMake the machine part of your life A part of your day Do not use it a few times, then need room on the table and close it back into its case to sit on a shelf in the back of a closet Do that and you may never write with it againThe best story in here was These are the Meditations of my Heart, which is where this quote came from It s a brief story about a woman who falls in love with typewriters and what they can bring to someone s life As such Hanks recognises the power of words throughout along with the power of literature and the power of communication I feel like this was the strongest element of his writing Typewriters are used through many of the stories and they are deeply emblematic of what words can achieve Sometimes they just do what spoken language can never do and for the woman in These are the Meditations of my Heart they have the power of salvation and refuge As a recurring trope this is narrative gold it really did help to make the stories feel like a collection rather than a load of random bits shoved together, which many writers fail miserably to do However, I did have a few issues with the book I just don t think Hanks can create male characters very well The women he writes about are all complex individuals, often dealing with some repressed history and using every ounce of energy they have to get on with their lives They almost all seem to be going through some sense of internal crises with a big smile on their faces There s muchbeneath the outward appearance of the women They are well rounded and I do feel like they have lived a troubled life The men, on the other hand, are plain and ridiculously straight forward They all felt flat and simple I feel like they walked on the page the moment I read them, having not experienced life until the moment of that story It might be that Hanks just preferred to write about women and chose to give the men the backseat in their passivity here For me though it felt unbalanced and a little careless, especially from a collection that appeared to be striving towards a presentation of the realities of life The good and the badThere is no denying the fact that Hanks can write, and he can write rather well, though I think he needs a touchimagination when devising his plots Many of them felt rather ordinary and a little bland, flavourless is the word I am thinking of He also needs a little bitforcefulness when delivering his endings Although this is a collection of short stories, and they do go very well together, I think the characters needed a bitof a distinguishable voice Without the type writers, this would have all fallen apart Overall though, there are some entertaining stories in here some less so though I think Hanks inexperience as a writer often diminishes them I feel that many could have been a lot better than they were If anything, Hanks shows us the potential he has to be excellent over time And I give him my whole hearted respect for this venture His name will sell the book alone however, his skills just need a little bit of sharpening to get him to the next level

  5. says:

    As a rule, I try to steer clear of books ghost written by celebrities These books are not going to win awards for their literary prowess no matter how engaging the subject matter is For the past few months I have seen goodreads friends reviewing a short story collection by Tom Hanks himself Tom Hanks, the actor I have pretty much watched my whole life starting with Big and A League of Our Own and most recently as Walt Disney in Saving Mr Banks That this is a collection of fictional stories As a rule, I try to steer clear of books ghost written by celebrities These books are not going to win awards for their literary prowess no matter how engaging the subject matter is For the past few months I have seen goodreads friends reviewing a short story collection by Tom Hanks himself Tom Hanks, the actor I have pretty much watched my whole life starting with Big and A League of Our Own and most recently as Walt Disney in Saving Mr Banks That this is a collection of fictional stories rather than the standard ghost written memoir, I had my curiosity piqued While these stories are still most likely not going to win awards for literary prowess, they were an appropriate read for a lazy day at home as I enjoyed spending a day with Mr Hanks in a capacity other than acting.Mr Hanks has focused on a few themes in his writing children of divorce, movement from small town to big city America, and the use of a type writer Hanks actually wrote this seventeen story collection on a type writer, and hearkens back to acharming era in American history where there was no social media and everything was either typed or written by hand The fact that he typed rather than wrote these stories made me respect his decision to branch out into fiction writing all theso He even offers typed newspaper articles as segues between some of thepowerful stories in the collection, again hearkening back to a time when Americans got the majority of their news from the printed newspaper rather than the internet Reading this on such a quiet day made me feel transported back a generation, and it almost felt as though Hanks was writing for a newspaper before he became a Hollywood star All thanks to a typewriter.While the stories were for the most part simple in style and contain neatly tied up, happy endings, a few stood out for me Welcome to Mars, A Month on Greene Street, and A Special Weekend all deal with divorce in some capacity In Welcome to Mars, nineteen year old Kirk Ullen asks his father Frank to take him surfing on the morning of his birthday Having stayed away from the water over the last few years as his parents marriage decayed around him, Kirk s trip to the beach signifies an end to his childhood that for the most part had ended years before A Month on Greene Street features Bette Monk whose husband had left her for another woman Desiring a clean break, she moves her three children to a house in a middle class suburbs This story speaks of a time when children could stay out after dark with little fear of much happening to them Even though the story takes place in the present, everyone seems carefree with little else on their mind other than the present time Bette Monk also stood as a character who would do anything for her children, and this stuck with me, especially at this time of eroding family values in society Finally, in a contrast to Greene Street, A Special Weekend features soon to be ten year old Kenny Stahl who gets to spend a weekend with his mother and her new boy friend Even though on the surface, the mom wants to enjoy quality time with her son, her thoughts were on the future, putting her family behind her I found this devastating for a children but Hanks wrote him with a backbone so hopefully he will get past this crossroads moment of his upbringing.The Past is Important to Us was farfetched but I laughed at parts of it as it reminded me of movies I have seen featuring time traveling Hanks creates what most of us have probably thought of in dreams at least once in our lives what would happen if we traveled back in time and what are the consequences Finally, the recurring characters in Three Exhausting Weeks, Alan Bean Plus Four, and Steve Wong is Perfect are hilarious and denote nontraditional 21st century friendships Anna, Steve, MDash, and the narrator make up a diverse quartet who go on a myriad of adventures in their hometown from building and traveling in their own rocket ship to Steve bowling one perfect game after another with the others along for the glorious ride Even though all these stories stretch quality fiction to its limits, I found them to be enjoyable, witty enough to make me think about the characters, while still being full of both Hanks trademark humor and drama that I have come to know in his movies I especially liked Anna and wished that Hanks could have written a full length novella about her She is intelligent, an alpha go getter woman, a perfect 21st century renaissance woman, and a character who still grew on me as I read the three stories featuring her.As 2017 moves into its last week wow , I am happy to have read what was probably the most popular celebrity written book of the year I still get excited when I hear that Tom Hanks has done a new movie Even if I do not necessarily like the subject matter, I find his acting to be top notch His writing isn t quite at the level of his acting, at least not yet however, these stories hearkened back to simpler times even if they occurred in the present and were engaging and enjoyable to read I hope that Mr Hanks gets an inkling to write another book of stories or even a full length novel in between his next movie roles I know I would find it to be an enjoyable read.3.75 stars

  6. says:

    What an eclectic mix I could feel Mr Hanks in these stories his quirky humour how do I know what he s like, well I think I do now shining through to his stories, his first work of fiction.A very different mix of stories, some related, some not A group of young adults building a craft and entering space, that same group encouraging their amazing bowling player friend to appear on television to prove his amazing amount of strikes This was a cool character that goes by the name of Steve Won What an eclectic mix I could feel Mr Hanks in these stories his quirky humour how do I know what he s like, well I think I do now shining through to his stories, his first work of fiction.A very different mix of stories, some related, some not A group of young adults building a craft and entering space, that same group encouraging their amazing bowling player friend to appear on television to prove his amazing amount of strikes This was a cool character that goes by the name of Steve Wong Like all compilations of short stories, some are good and others not, but I did like the majority Perhaps they were a bit mumbo jumbo, i.e All over the place in regards to layout But this adds to the uniqueness in a way.I love the story Go See Costas a Bulgarian man via Greece who survived horrible things arriving to the big land of America, all the while helping his friend arrive in secret, smuggling him off the boat I really enjoyed the way the chief of the boat saw this man s goodness, treats him to a free shave and explains the lay of the land in New York Look New York, New York, is a simple city to learn It is shaped like your hand The numbered avenues are long and run from your fingertips to your wrist The numbered streets run across the palm Broadway is the lifeline and curves the length around The two middle fingers are the Central Park. I love reading about New York, I hope I get there one day Another sweet one is the second story Christmas Eve 1953 that is the special friendship between two soldiers, mates, and their yearly ritual Christmas phone call.All in all, a very quirky combination of short stories, a little left field like I imagine the author, and the actor to be Very good This is a great book to have in a library collection, and I think it would be a great gift for Christmas for film buffs and book lovers alike

  7. says:

    a book by the man, the myth, the legend that is tom hanks sounds like a dream come true, right yeah, i thought so too until i actually read this and was heartbroken that i didnt fall in love im not a fan of short story collections to begin with, but i thought this would different the writing was good, albeit a little old fashioned, but i just could not get into the stories and i dont think that was tom hanks fault it just takes a lot for me to connect with characters plots and its difficu a book by the man, the myth, the legend that is tom hanks sounds like a dream come true, right yeah, i thought so too until i actually read this and was heartbroken that i didnt fall in love im not a fan of short story collections to begin with, but i thought this would different the writing was good, albeit a little old fashioned, but i just could not get into the stories and i dont think that was tom hanks fault it just takes a lot for me to connect with characters plots and its difficult for me to do that over and over again in the space of 30 pages each time i also think this would have been a different experience had i listened to the audiobook tom hanks narrating his own stories might have lent aenjoyable tone to the stories so sorry im not a fan, hank, but keep it up 2 stars

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    A 2.5 stars, to be candid Anticipation was high, emotions were higher and with bated breath, I opened the book titled Uncommon Type penned by one of my favorite actors An anthology An eclectic mix Many slices of life A debutant s spirit What can possibly be lacking in such an endeavor Storytelling, apparently Almost all of the seventeen stories are set in the US, chronicling the lives of men and women from myriad walks of life an actor on a film promotion spree, a soldier hardenedA 2.5 stars, to be candid Anticipation was high, emotions were higher and with bated breath, I opened the book titled Uncommon Type penned by one of my favorite actors An anthology An eclectic mix Many slices of life A debutant s spirit What can possibly be lacking in such an endeavor Storytelling, apparently Almost all of the seventeen stories are set in the US, chronicling the lives of men and women from myriad walks of life an actor on a film promotion spree, a soldier hardened by his battle days, a writer pecking at typewriters to choose the best one, a businessman abusing money for multiple time travel expeditions, a sportsperson endangering friendship for his bowling skills While the premises, in themselves, are not victims of insipidity, their unfurling into coherent prose is The words are jammed together, one after another, as if they have no other place to go and Hanks tries hard to lid them into one, continuous, relevant bottle of a story Many of them seem out of place, unfortunately, and I was tempted to dip my hand and remove the verbose chunk The conversational bits seemed clearly influenced by the author s cinematic tongue, and when juxtaposed against the book, appeared distorted I also had a gripe against the depiction of most female characters in this collection they were either dominating, or manipulative, or plain cold But this 400 odd pages book isn t without its flashes of brilliance and compassion InChristmas Eve , two friends reminisce their time in the war, and how, even after the passage of a decade, its shadows loom large on their lives, hanging like an adamant demon refusing to leave guard One has made friends with it and the other is still struggling to forgive it A poignant tale In theThese Are The Meditations Of My Heart , a young girl walks into a shop to get her typewriter repaired only to receive a vintage beauty in return Peppering the exchange between the young writer and the knowledgeable shopkeeper with genuine awe, tender geniality and polished facts, Hanks establishes the beneficiary benefactor relationship like an expert The individual stories earned the following ratings on my scale I haven t rated 4 stories here 1 Three Exhausting Weeks 2.5 52 Christmas Eve 4 53 A Junket in the City of Light 3 54 Welcome to Mars 3.5 55 A Month on Greene Street 2.5 56 Alan Bean Plus Four 1 57 Who s Who 2.5 58 A Special Weekend 1.5 59 These Are the Meditations of My Heart 3.5 510 The Past is Important to Us 3.5 511 Stay With Us 1 512 Go See Costas 2 513 Steve Wong is Perfect 2 5 I shall also be withholding myself unnecessarily if I didn t give Hanks, brownie points for his closure abilities Most stories offer a turbulent flight but provide a smooth landing I wish the journey, too, was memorable commensurately.Giving a tentative caress to the typewriter donning its gorgeous crimson red cover, I dispatched the book to my shelf I, also, left a mental note to myself cajoling that like the actor, Hanks the author, shall becomeappealing and indispensable with time An ardent fan s closing note, unapologetically

  9. says:

    When my husband picked this up from the library for me, he expressed skepticism that Tom Hanks could write and I said that if Steve Martin can do it, so can Tom The first story was clever, about a guy and girl, friends who decide to becomethan friends Their three week whirlwind relationship was very funny Wishing my initial instincts had proven true, I told my husband, This guy can write But from that point on, I couldn t find another story that I felt like finishing I skimmed them When my husband picked this up from the library for me, he expressed skepticism that Tom Hanks could write and I said that if Steve Martin can do it, so can Tom The first story was clever, about a guy and girl, friends who decide to becomethan friends Their three week whirlwind relationship was very funny Wishing my initial instincts had proven true, I told my husband, This guy can write But from that point on, I couldn t find another story that I felt like finishing I skimmed them up to page 200, the halfway point, and decided to call it quits It s not that he can t write, he can But the subjects he chose to pursue just did not interest me Some reminded me of his films I think if you count Hanks films among your all time favorites, you will probably like this book

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    3.5 starsTom Hanks is an award winning American actor and producer who has appeared in films, television, and on the stage He s also an imaginative writer, as demonstrated in this book of short stories Tom HanksThe collection includes a variety of vignettes that run the gamut from funny, to touching, to heartrending In a nod to Hanks well known passion for vintage typewriters, these durable machines make an appearance in every story The opening story, one of the funniest in the collect 3.5 starsTom Hanks is an award winning American actor and producer who has appeared in films, television, and on the stage He s also an imaginative writer, as demonstrated in this book of short stories Tom HanksThe collection includes a variety of vignettes that run the gamut from funny, to touching, to heartrending In a nod to Hanks well known passion for vintage typewriters, these durable machines make an appearance in every story The opening story, one of the funniest in the collection, features four friends Alan, Anna, MDash, and Steve Wong who make multiple appearances in the book Alan and Anna who ve been platonic friends for years unexpectedly embark on a romance They re an odd match since Alan is easygoing to the point of sloth. and Anna has an activity planned for every minute of the day By day 21 of the fling, a worn out Alan is just getting over the flu despite his girlfriend s grueling recovery regimen..and Anna leaves this note Eat the soup in the refrigerator, cold in the morning..hot at lunch do the exercise bike twice before noon take an hour for the stretch routine on the link I emailed you then take a steam bath and drink 3 bottles of distilled water.Alan has a different plan though The four friends are featured in twostories in the anthology In their second appearance the foursome prepare a rocket, pack up granola bars and water, and take a trip around the moon In the group s final bow, Steve Wong uses his custom bowling shoes and bowling ball to score a perfect 300 game Against all odds, Steve repeats the feat again and again and again, becoming a huge local celebrity..much to his chagrin.When Steve reluctantly agrees to appear on a TV sports show, he doesn t want to bowl any .until hecklers shout Hoax In a Christmas war story set in 1953, Virgil and his family are preparing for the holiday with a tree, gifts, and the standard milk and cookies for Santa The occasion reminds Virgil of Christmas Eve of 1944, when he was in Normandy fighting the Germans On that occasion Virgil lost three fingers and his left leg above the knee..but made a friend for life In a story about Hollywood, B list actor Rory Thorpe suddenly becomes famous when he appears in a movie with the gorgeous Willa Sax Thorpe is sent on a worldwide promo tour for the film, which is jam packed with interviews and activities Thorpe s schedule, outlined in the story, is hilarious..and exhausting Nevertheless, Rory is enjoying the hotels, food, and other perks and is looking forward to his next stop Then the tour is abruptly canceled in a ripped from the headlines scenario Hank Fiset, a cranky journalist for the Tri Cities Daily News Herald, is the main character in four stories In his debut appearance, Fiset laments the fact that most modern readers get their news from digital devices Next, Hank visits New York City, and snottily notes that it s not all that In fact NOTHING in New York is better than what s available in the Tri Cities area Later, Fiset riffs on coffee, talking about the Tri Cities many coffee shops and the elaborate beverages they sell though Hank himself lives on the mundane newsroom stuff Finally, Hank goes to a flea market and buys an old typewriter While writing on the machine, Hank recalls other times he s used a typewriter in his dad s store when he was a kid as the editor of his 8th grade newspaper..during high school typing class when he was a sports reporter for his college paper and as a journalist for the Shopper s Guide.which led to him meeting his wife In a bittersweet family story, Kirk who s turning 19 goes surfing with his dad Frank.a father son birthday tradition The duo are having fun at Mars Beach when Frank takes a break to make a few business calls Kirk is accidently injured, goes looking for his dad, and observes something he s not meant to see Bette, who s a tad clairvoyant, is a recent divorc e who wants a fresh start..without men Bette and her kids move into a new house, and Bette immediately gets the feeling that Paul the single man next door plans to hit on her For weeks Bette makes convoluted efforts to avoid the neighbor, though her kids who are enthralled with Paul s homemade telescope visit him often In time Bette discovers that Paul is a different man than she pictured In a fun success story, Sue a budding young actor from Scottsdale, Arizona moves to New York City to make it big Sue bunks on her friend s sofa for too many weeks, with no luck and dwindling resources Then Sue happens to meet an old acquaintance, Bob Roy, who works in theatre management Bob re writes Sue s resum , gives her a new showbiz name, and sends her out into the world A nostalgic story details a boy s birthday celebration with his mom Kenny, who s about to turn 10, is waiting for his non custodial mother to pick him up from his father s house for a celebratory weekend Mom pulls up in a snazzy convertible sports car and off they go During the birthday festivities Kenny visits his mother s office and fools around with her typewriter and other desktop doodads learns to eat grown up food with kid friendly desserts in nice restaurants sleeps in a murphy bed in his mom s apartment goes to fairytale town, visits the zoo, and plays peewee golf drives past his old house and meets some of his mom s acquaintances In a wonderful grand finale, mom s boyfriend flies Kenny home in his private plane and Kenny gets to man the controls for a few minutes Now that s the kind of weekend a kid will remember forever A girl getting over a breakup is given a vintage typewriter for free..if she pledges to put it in a prominent place and use it all the time The young lady takes the machine home and uses it for all manner of writing, including a to do list a shopping list and most importantly a meditation from my heart My favorite story reminiscent of Stephen s King s 11 22 63 is about going back in time Burt is a very rich man who thinks nothing of plunking down 6 million dollars a pop for time travel vacations at New York City s Chronometric Adventures You pays your money and Chronometric Adventures sends you back to 1939 for 22 hours..after which you MUST return For his first time travel journey Burt takes his wife, and they visit New York s 1939 World s Fair On his next trip, Burt goes alone and meets a beautiful young woman named Carmen, who s visiting the fair with her niece Virginia Burt is enad and keeps going back..maneuvering to spendtime with Carmen and Virginia on each subsequent trip Then Burt sticks around and kills Hitler..just kidding In an immigration tale, Assan is a Bulgarian native who flees horrific persecution from the communists and ends up in Greece Assan then bargains for a job on a Greek ship headed for New York and sneaks his friend aboard as a stowaway When the ship arrives in America, Assan s friend heads for Chicago and Assan remains in in New York The Bulgarian takes English classes, sees strange and wonderful sights, and tries to land a job..which isn t easy for an immigrant In a story about fresh perspectives, the very wealthy Francis Xavier Rustin FXR owns the gigantic New Olympus Hotel on the Las Vegas strip FXR has assistants at his beck and call 24 7to deliver his breakfast, take care of his paperwork, do his shopping, and so on FXR decides that the purchase of a particular parcel of land will net him a killing, and takes his invaluable assistant, Ms Mercury, on a buying trip To appear like a member of the hoi polloi, FXR acquires a VERY cheap car..and heads out with his aide FXR and Ms Mercury bunk down in a run down hotel in the desert and hobnob with the eccentric owners..which leads to a new outlook on life I listened to the audiobook, narrated by the author which is a nice fringe benefit As in any anthology, some stories are better than others, but all the tales are all well written, with interesting characters and realistic dialog Some stories made laugh, some made me sad, and a few made no particular impression Overall this is a good collection, worth reading Recommended to fans of literature and short stories You can follow my reviews at

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