- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: Knopf; First Edition edition (October 17, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1101946156
- ISBN-13: 978-1101946152
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.1 x 8.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 325 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
+ Free Shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
Uncommon Type: Some Stories Hardcover – Deckle Edge, October 17, 2017
|New from||Used from|
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
“It turns out that Tom Hanks is also a wise and hilarious writer with an endlessly surprising mind. Damn it.”
“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.”
“Wait—Tom Hanks can write, too? Funny, moving, deftly surprising stories? That's just swell. Maybe there's no crying in baseball, pal, but it's perfectly acceptable in the book business. That's how we drown envy.”
“Mr. Hanks turns out to be as authentically genuine a Writer with as capital a W as ever touched a typewriter key. The stories in UNCOMMON TYPE range from the hilarious to the deeply touching. They move in period, location and manner, but 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. All with that extra quality of keenly observant and sympathetic intelligence that has always set Tom Hanks apart. I blink, bubble and boggle in amazed admiration.”
“Uncommon Type is 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. The cumulative effect is of a world I didn’t want to leave.”
“Reading Tom Hanks's Uncommon Type is like finding out that Alice Munro is also the greatest actress of our time.”
“Seventeen wide-ranging and whimsical stories—with a typewriter tucked into each one. Only one of the stories in Hanks' debut features an actor: it's a sharp satire with priceless insider details about a handsome dope on a press junket in Europe. The other 16 span a surprisingly wide spectrum...Hanks can write the hell out of typing, and his dialogue is excellent, too. Has he read William Saroyan? He should. While these stories have the all-American sweetness, humor, and heart we associate with his screen roles, Hanks writes like a writer, not a movie star.”
“Uncommon Type offers heartfelt charm along with nostalgia for sweeter, simpler times — even if they never really were quite so sweet or simple… Even when Hanks writes about somber subjects like the durable distress of combat or the high stakes for immigrants fleeing persecution, he finds a sweet spot.”
“Ultimately if you like Tom Hanks — and who doesn’t? — you will enjoy Uncommon Type.”
—AM New York
“In Uncommon Type, Hanks proves his bona fides as a serious scribe, producing a collection of 17 short stories so accomplished and delightful he can rest assured he has a great fallback plan should that acting thing, you know, not work out… Terrific, Tom.”
“There is often a powerful sense of other lives imagined at a level that goes deeper than writerly research.”
“Enjoyable..."The Past Is Important to Us” employs a sharp, unexpected conclusion to elevate a story of time travel and romance at the 1939 World’s Fair."
“They’re all beautifully written and full of heart.”
—Sunday Mirror, The People
“Hanks can write. These pieces, some of which feature recurring characters and many of which explore the classic American short story territory of small-town life, have the authentic, worn-in feel of a favourite pair of jeans.”
“The great strengths of this collection are decency and sentimentality.”
“Playful, perceptive and rewarding.”
“An entertaining collection.”
—Mail on Sunday
“There always comes a slight wariness when we discover that someone who is generally renowned for one thing turns out to be very good at something else... But what makes Uncommon Type even harder to dismiss is the silky-smooth momentum and unforced hum that Hanks' writing glides along with here.”
“All American life is here... Delightful... Hanks’s prose is impressive, with a strong voice and stylistic flair…. so fluent, convincing and confident that you forget it belongs to Tom Hanks, movie star. He's just a writer. And he’s going to write a great novel one day.”
“[Unveil[s] the inventive mind behind his regular-guy façade”.
“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.”
About the Author
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.
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
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 shape: time to GET TO WORK! This story is soooooo funny and soooo exhausting! Classic FUNNY!!!
“Welcome to Mars”..... where 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 breaking 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: mini typewriter stories, chili dogs in kennel corn,
tunafish sandwich with out lettuce, bowling, a Broadway actress, yummy popsicles......
all 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 —
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.
Most recent customer reviews
imagination. I enjoyed the stories very much.