Book Review: Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks

What it’s about?

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, heart-warming, and, for the millions and millions of Tom Hanks fans, an absolute must-have.


My thoughts

When I saw that Tom Hanks had written a book of short stories I knew I had to have it as I do love his movies and in interviews he always seems like such a nice man.

With some recurring characters throughout these are an eclectic selection of enjoyable stories all featuring, at some point, typewriters.  The book was at the top end of what I’d usually spend on a book (£15) but the overall presentation with the images of typewriters (and it’s Tom Hanks) made it worth it…but would I read them again, probably not.

Three Exhausting Weeks – selfish woman tries to change the man she’s dating (this male character could easily be TH).

Christmas Eve – war veterans annual reminiscence, very sad!  (Again either could be portrayed by TH).  One of my favourites.

A Junket in the City of Light – Reads like a superstar’s itinerary.  Interesting behind the scenes story.

Our Town Today with Hank Fiset – An Elephant in the Press Room – The first in a series of newspaper column stories.

Welcome to Mars – Father and son take a birthday surf with one learning more about the other than he bargained for.

A Month on Greene Street – New family, new neighbourhood and a telescope.

Alan Bean Plus Four – Space trip story featuring recurring characters from Three Exhausting Weeks, didn’t really get it!

Our Town Today with Hank Fiset – At Loose in the Big Apple – Does what it says on the tin, mini reviews from New York.  Hank Fiset is definitely TH!

Who’s Who? – What’s in a name? Young actress tries to make it in NYC, what will she do for the price of fame!

A Special Weekend – Really sweet road trip story of a mum and her son on his birthday.

These are the Meditations of My Heart – Probably the story that mostly features typewriters and lots of them.  Sounds boring but is actually really nice.

Our Town Today with Hank Fiset – Back From Back in Time – Another newspaper column but how time flies!

The Past is Important to Us – I think this was my favourite of all! A time travelling story and a chance encounter, which again could easily have TH cast as the main man.

Stay With Us – My least favourite.  Reads as a screenplay – nah!

Go See Costas – An immigrant, a stowaway and what happens when they arrive in America.  Hard to date but it had a 50s feel to it but I really don’t know.  A good story!

Our Town Today with Hank Fiset – Your Evangelista, Esperanza – Let’s talk cwoffee!Set featured image

Steve Wong is Perfect – Those recurring characters are back again, this time with a bowling theme!

Hope you liked my one line mini reviews/round up of the stories featured.  Overall some really lovely and well-written stories that’s a must read for all Tom Hanks fans.

Book links: Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository

Author links: Facebook | Twitter

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Source: ARC & Purchased
No of pages: 416
Publisher: William Heinemann

4 thoughts on “Book Review: Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks

  1. ChrissiReads says:

    This book does interest me. I’m not sure it’s my sort of book as I’m not really into short stories, but I’m glad to see that it was worth reading for you.


  2. Lindsay | Bookboodle says:

    Some are better that others and they were ones that I wanted to know more about. If short stories aren’t your thing I’d probably get it from the library as this hardback isn’t a cheap buy 🙂


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