Short Stories

Uncommon Type

We’re happy to support debut authors, including Tom Hanks with Uncommon Type.

by Tom Hanks

Quick take

Just as with his acting career, Hanks manages to do comedy and tragedy equally well in his writing.

Why I love it

You may have heard some buzz about a debut fiction writer by the name of Tom Hanks. Yes, him. The most likable movie star on the planet just happens to have published an entirely charming story collection that is artfully constructed and emotionally affecting. Beginner's luck? Maybe not. Just as with his acting career, Hanks manages to do comedy and tragedy equally well in his writing, even if th...


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. A man who loves to bowl rolls a perfect game'“'“and then another and then another and then many more in a row until h...

Member thoughts

26% Love
54% Like
15% Dislike
  • Shelbi L.

    Bryan, TX

    "I love the ordinary worlds and captivating stories. I hope Hanks writes more in the future!"

  • Shane R.

    sandy, UT

    "Great short stories. "

  • Meagan M.

    Hot Springs, AR

    "Loved this book!! Every short story left me wanting a full length novel! I always wanted more!"

  • Leslie K.

    Roswell, GA

    "I was pleasantly surprised with this book. I loved every story. "

  • Suzanne D.

    Mount Laurel, NJ

    "I had very high expectations for this book, I mean it is TOM HANKS, and it met every single one of them. I loved each and every story in this book and it really gave more dimension to Tom Hanks."

  • Emily T.

    Indianapolis, IN

    "I loved that you got to come and check back in with some of the characters in later stories throughout. Each story was vastly different, yet unified under the image/presence of a typewriter. "

  • Kaitlin R.

    Costa Mesa, CA

    "Tom Hanks does everything, even writes brilliant short story collections! Life long fan! "

  • Whitney S.


    "Super interesting collection of stories!"

  • Penny M.

    Lusby, MD

    "Great set of stories!"

  • Jordan N.

    Tucson, AZ

    "I really enjoys these stories. Tom Hanks really delivered and the story really pulled me in. I forgot how much I liked short stories! Great job of writing! "

  • Marissa R.

    Tucson, AZ

    "Excellent writing and fine examples of great power of a short story. I loved the opportunity to just enjoy a story without wondering where it was going to go. Hanks is a really good story teller"