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    9780525521754 9780525521761 9781101923641 9780525590507 Paperback / softback, Trade, , $39 CAD 9780735273856 Electronic book text, Reflowable, , EPUB 9781101923634 CD-Audio, $54 CAD
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    Distributor: Random House, Inc. Availability: On Sale Date: Oct 17, 2017 Carton Quantity: 12 $32.00 CAD
Uncommon Type
Some Stories
By (author): Tom Hanks
9780735273832 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Short Stories Oct 17, 2017
$32.00 CAD
Active 5.46 x 8.16 x 1.13 in 416 pages 14 IMAGES THROUGHOUT Knopf Random Vintage Canada Knopf Canada
A collection of seventeen wonderful short stories showing that two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks is as talented a writer as he is an actor.

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 and tries to find his way. 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, heartwarming, and, for the millions and millions of Tom Hanks fans, an absolute must-have!

TOM HANKS: One of the biggest movie stars in the world, if not the biggest, for the past thirty years. He is a beloved figure who has even been selected in an international marketing poll as the most trusted person in America. His first book—and his first work of fiction—is big news and his fans will love it. One story—“Alan Bean Plus Four”—has appeared in The New Yorker. All the others are 100 percent new.

PUBLICITY: Although he will have a couple of very big films coming out in 2017, Mr. Hanks is taking the year off from acting and will be very available for book publicity—and he has promised he will do a lot of it.

THE TYPEWRITERS: Each story involves a typewriter that sometimes plays a large part, sometimes a lesser role. Each typewriter is based on one in Hanks’s own extensive collection, and each story will be illustrated with a photograph of the featured typewriter.

THE BOOK ITSELF: Hanks writes with warmth, sensitivity, and humour, and the characters he has created are fully fleshed out, sympathetic, intriguing in very particular ways. And, of course, the stories give us new, fascinating insight into the imagination of Tom Hanks.

TOM HANKS has won Academy Awards for best actor for Philadelphia and Forrest Gump. He has starred in, among many other films, Big, Sleepless in Seattle, Apollo 13, Saving Private Ryan, The Green Mile, Cast Away, Catch Me If You Can, Captain Phillips, Bridge of Spies and Sully. This is his first work of fiction.

Author Social Media: Facebook, Twitter: @TomHanks; Instagram


“Seventeen wide-ranging and whimsical stories—with a typewriter tucked into each one. Only one of the stories in Hanks’s 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 sixteen 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.” —Kirkus Reviews

“It turns out that Tom Hanks is also a wise and hilarious writer with an endlessly surprising mind. Damn it.” —Steve Martin
“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.” —Mindy Kaling
“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.” —Carl Hiaasen
“Mr. Hanks turns out to be as authentically genuine a Writer with a capital 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.” —Stephen Fry
Uncommon Type is funny, wise, gloriously inventive, and humane. Tom Hanks sees inside people—a wary divorcée, 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 humor we’d follow him anywhere. The cumulative effect is of a world I didn’t want to leave.” —Anna Funder
“Reading Tom Hanks’s Uncommon Type is like finding out that Alice Munro is also the greatest actress of our time.” —Ann Patchett


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