Staff Review: Uncommon Type
Tom Hanks is an avid collector of typewriters, is obsessed with space travel and (who knew?) is a writer. This is what I learned while reading the collection of short stories, Uncommon Type, authored by Tom Hanks. That’s right, America’s favorite Hollywood star has broken into a new medium. As a fan of Hanks the actor, it took me a couple stories to lose myself in the literature and stop focusing on the fact that I was reading the famous actor’s writing. Once you get past that, this book offers 17 charming and truly enjoyable reads.
Each story features a typewriter. Sometimes it’s a fleeting descriptive detail, while in other stories it is the primary purpose, like in "These Are the Meditations of my Heart," the character and a repair shop owner have a passionate discussion of the symbolic and functional importance of the almost extinct machines.
This collection includes a diversity of settings and characters. Travel around the moon with four friends in "Alan Bean Plus Four," spend Christmas with a veteran and his family in "Christmas Eve" 1953, and visit the World’s Fair on June 8, 1939 in "The Past is Important to Us." One reoccurring feature is "Our Town Today with Hank Fiset," culture commentary from a small town reporter who has colorful opinions about the modern world and is ready to convince you that everything you need is in the Tri-Cities.
Uncommon Type is perfect for readers who enjoy losing themselves in enticing, entertaining and empathetic stories.