Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks – book review by Liza from books.books.books
Yes, this is the actor, Tom Hanks, who has written a collection of 17 wonderful, heart-warming short stories showing that he is as talented a writer as he is an actor.
The stories vary from a World War II veteran having to deal with the aftermath of the war to a teenager stumbling across his father’s secret life. A woman recently divorced having to adjust to living in a new neighbourhood to a group of friends building a rocket ship in their backyard.
The only thing that links the stories is that somewhere in the story a typewriter plays a part. It might play a central role in the story other times it’s as small as ‘a man wrote his wife a note using a Remington 7’.
What I love most about the book is that at the beginning of each new story there is a photograph of an old typewriter. Tom Hanks is an avid collector of antique typewriters.