Uncommon Type: Some Stories

Uncommon Type: Some Stories

by Tom Hanks

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101911945
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/04/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 43,232
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

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
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Table of Contents

Three Exhausting Weeks 3

Christmas Eve 1953 35

A Junket in The City of Light 61

Our Town Today With Hank Fiset-an Elephant in The Pressroom 85

Welcome to Mars 91

A Month on Greene Street 113

Alan Bean Plus Four 145

Our Town Today With Hank Fiset-at Loose in The Big Apple 157

Who'S Who? 163

A Special Weekend 187

These Are The Meditations of My Heart 225

Our Town Today With Hank Fiset-Back From Back in Time 243

The Past is Important to Us 249

Stay With Us 287

Go See Costas 345

Our Town Today With Hank Fiset-Your Evangelista, Esperanza 379

Steve Wong is Perfect 385

Acknowledgments 405

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