One of the Best Books of the Year: NPR, USA Today
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.
|Publisher:||Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group|
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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.
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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