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Uncommon Type
Uncommon Type: Some Stories | Tom Hanks
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 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!
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JB_Reads
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IMASLOWREADER
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WHEN LIFE IMITATES ART 🖼 #bookishgal #recharging #readinggoal #readinglife

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Aims42
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Went to Half Price Books today to get a giftcard for a coworker, walked out with a few goodies for myself 😇

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tholmz
Mehso-so

I listened to this on audio which was the best part — Tom‘s soothing voice. The stories were fine, some drastically better than others, but I think I made the right call to listen rather than read.

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larah17
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Mehso-so

I, like 99.9% of people, really like Tom Hanks. I loved his writing and would absolutely read a novel written by him. My lack of interest in this was, I believe, more because I am coming to the conclusion that the short story format isn't something I enjoy. If I like the short story, the length is never enough; if I dislike it, even 20 pages is a slog.

JoyBlue You've described my feelings about it exactly! 4mo
larah17 @JoyBlue I'm glad someone else feels the same! I wish I could have got into this but I just couldn't! 4mo
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ashleynmiller5
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The first book that I‘d like to share is one you may have already seen. “Uncommon Type” by THE @tomhanks is a fiction collection of short stories with one thing in common: they all somehow involve a typewriter. I just started it & am already loving it! So, definitely pick yourself up a copy from the store OR support your local library (@dallaspubliclibrary)! I hope you‘ll take the time to read something this week 📚

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Clutterbucks_Queen
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Pickpick

I can not rate this book enough! 👏
I've always loved Tom Hanks as an actor with the many roles he has played, and i can safetly say he's turned out to he an incredibly imaginitive author!
Several of the stories in this book have left me utterly emotional and i am so glad i picked it up from the library!
I would 100% read this title again!
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Clutterbucks_Queen
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Must say i really rate 'A month on Greene Street' as a short story!
I think it so sweet when a person gives up a habit for their child 😩🥰 Well done Paul Legaris! 🎉

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Skeeterisme
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Pickpick

Audiobook for this read. Stellar in Tom Hank‘s own voice.

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Clutterbucks_Queen
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Been struggling to find the time to just sit and read for a little while because life has all of a sudden been hectic, but I am determined to make it my mission to finish this lovely piece of work by Tom Hanks by atleast next Wednesday 😂

Wish me luck guys 🤞

Readage I enjoyed this one 6mo
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ozma.of.oz
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Mehso-so

A collection of short stories by acclaimed actor Tom Hanks, each featuring his beloved typewriters.

I‘ll be frank, I had more fun imagining Hanks sitting at a typewriter, working on the stories, than actually listening. The only reason I made it through was his narration, which was a perfect fit.

There was nothing wrong with the stories, they just felt a little old fashioned. There are. couple I liked, but the rest were pretty plain. 🌕🌕🌕🌗🌑

Megabooks He‘s narrating Ann Patchett‘s new book. 6mo
emz711 Yeah I didn't get through it 6mo
ozma.of.oz @Megabooks Ooo! Ann Patchett‘s kind of a hit and miss for me, but I will definitely have to check that out! 6mo
ozma.of.oz @emz711 Yeah, it took me a while. I ended up taking breaks and listening to something else between each story. 6mo
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rkpope

I loved all these stores about real people doing real everyday things.

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NikkiRae
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I share my birthday with the amazing Tom Hanks so I‘m going to start this today. Happy Birthday to us!

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nelehelen
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Mehso-so

3/5
Listened to this on audiobook because who wouldn‘t want to listen to Tom Hanks narrate, am i right? While I enjoyed a few of the stories in here, a good portion of them were just “okay”. For a few of the stories, I found it difficult to pay attention. A bit old-fashioned, which I didn‘t mind. Wished to was more engaging.

#BookFitnessChallenge

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MsLeah8417
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Pickpick

🌟🌟🌟

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Macnjen
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Pickpick

I really enjoyed this audiobook. Tom Hanks narrates, and I just love his inflections. Each short tale involves a typewriter to some degree as a minor character. Definitely listen! There were two stories I didn't love but overall it's really sweet, interesting and worth your time.

IamIamIam Great review! I've passed this over a few times looking for an audio from the library so a good review is helpful! 👌 9mo
Macnjen I‘m glad it was helpful! I‘ve skipped reading reviews and regretted later! 9mo
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Macnjen
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Next up for audiobook!

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MyBookSwapClub
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Pickpick

We are doing #buddyread for Tom Hanks book. I bought the book, because I love him. We are starting on 1st June - do you want to join in? I am hoping few more can join from here :)

Desha I could join, as soon as I find his book in my overwhelming tbr stacks lol! I love the picture you posted...happiness! ❤️📚❤️ 9mo
MyBookSwapClub @Desha counting you in!!! Are you on Instagram? Follow me, from 1st June - we will follow up our reading notes :) welcome to the buddy read :) 9mo
laurenslibrary I'd love to join! 9mo
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Desha Thank you @MyBookSwapClub! I‘ve located my copy of the book lol so I should be fine to join in! Thank you for hosting! ❤️ 9mo
MyBookSwapClub @laurenslibrary hey Lauren - welcome. We are starting this book on 1st June :) 9mo
MyBookSwapClub @Desha pleasure is all mine! Glad, you found the book :) 9mo
laurenslibrary Sounds good! 💜 9mo
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NAM99
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Mehso-so

Generally, I‘m not really a short story fan, I always find myself either wanting more or just not caring about the stories. This was a mixture of the two. Tom Hanks and his love of typewriters is charming as ever but as an audiobook, it was difficult to figure out when one story ended and the next begins.

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aquariusnat
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Pickpick

This is a nice collection of stories. But it's also slightly boring. I think it would work better if you get the audiobook. It's actually read by Hanks . He's always fun to watch in interviews, so he probably does a good job reading his book .

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mom2bugnbee
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A slow reading month in February, & a late post because I was out of town in early March.

I had read Uncommon Type, but when I found that Tom Hanks narrated his own book, I had to listen. Anyone who knows me knows I adore Tom Hanks. ♥

⭐⭐⭐⭐ - This is How It Always Is - Laurie Frankel
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ - Uncommon Type - Tom Hanks

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greenhairdontcare
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Bailedbailed

Another bail for me! I‘m having no luck with short stories this year. 😕 This is a shame because I‘m a lover of short stories.

Roxanne Gay summed up this story perfectly on a Goodreads review. To quote, the stories are “aggressively bland”. 👎🏻

I‘m bored with this book & I‘ve been AVOIDING IT, which is a sure sign that I need to drop it. Sorry, Tom Hanks!

ProfReader Don‘t feel bad. I bailed on my first book. 12mo
greenhairdontcare @ProfReader I got over it pretty quick! I barely have enough time to read the books I enjoy/love, so I don‘t waste much time on books that I‘m not enjoying. 12mo
ProfReader I‘m with you that!!!!! 12mo
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Stephuhhnieee
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Not to get political in the slightest; but this quote was comforting.

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Stephuhhnieee
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I kept telling myself, “you don‘t need to check out any books. You‘re already reading two and listening to one... and you keep renewing one on kindle that you KNOW you‘re not going to get to...”

But alas, here I am in bed with my library book because I NEED to know what happens between Anna and the unnamed narrator. 😭

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MyBookSwapClub
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Pickpick

For you 🙏🏼

Aloisi_tribe Oh I like that so much better than the blue cover! Thank you for sharing! 12mo
MyBookSwapClub @Aloisi_tribe you are welcome :) 12mo
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LibLib
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Bailedbailed

Oh Tom Hanks, you are such a great actor and director and I adore you, but I just can't finish your book! I'd be willing to give it a shot by reading but audio book is not the way to go. There is absolutely no indication of when going from one chapter to the next and it's hard to follow. Love how you sneak a typewriter into each story but that's it. Also, you trying to sound like a sexy woman is off-putting and kinda creepy. #Itried #dnf #bail

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Karkar
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Pickpick

Forgive me, seems I am a bit behind in my reviews. I listened to this one on audio. I like most of the stories. I do wish there would have been more of a signal when a new story started on the audiobook, as it was hard to tell. It was interesting how he worked in a typewriter into each story.

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Natalia
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4 stars! I was really pleasantly surprised by Hanks‘ Uncommon Type. His writing is strong and imaginative. I admit, I was also drawn in by the cover. Sadly, the stories aren‘t too in depth and could sometimes have been developed further. Still the characters are endearing and plots are charming!

#uncommontype #tomhanks #novread #fiction #shortstories #theczechedition

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caraltmcbride
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Working on this read right now.
Any one else reading this now? If so, what do you think so far?
I love Tom Hanks, and was quite excited about this book. I had a friend tell me she thought it was "fine" but ultimately stopped reading it. I've been picking up other books in between short stories. Maybe I'll be finished by the end of 2020! Perhaps I'll try audible???
#tomhanks #uncommontype #typewriter #shortstories #lovehate #books #reading #goals

tessavi Welcome! Hope you'll like Litsy as much as I do 😊 13mo
C.Perone It was Ok. Grazing through it between other books is probably the best way to read it. But don't sweat it if you don't finish, you wouldn't be missing much 13mo
SheReadsAndWrites I have heard it is good on audible. I have it I just haven't gotten to it yet...😬 13mo
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Redwritinghood I tried the audiobook, but just didn‘t Ike the stories. 13mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy!! 13mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Hope you're enjoying Litsy so far 📖💙 13mo
ProfReader Welcome to Litsy!!!💜❤️💙 13mo
Skithatchelan Tom Hanks will always be Woody the cowboy to me. 13mo
caraltmcbride @Skithatchelan and forever 13mo
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mom2bugnbee
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Also, I'm currently re-"read"ing this by listening to it on audio.

I'm a huge Tom Hanks fan. Just ask @britt_brooke . ? I read this when it first came out, but just recently learned that he reads the audiobook (why this didn't occur to me earlier, I have no idea), so I just had to borrow it from the library to listen. ☺ #currentread #currentlyreading #audiobook #readingwithmyears #libby

britt_brooke I will forever think of you every time I see him or hear his name. 🤗 Enjoy your reread! I listened to the audio and he does a great job reading the stories. 13mo
GypsyKat I really enjoyed this on one audio. I read it a little over a year ago, so it may be time for a reread. 😊 13mo
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cassiopia
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Pickpick

Being a huge Tom Hanks fan, I love that he read it himself. The only thing I wish he would have done differently was make it more know that the stories were changing. This was a great pick for my first audiobook 😄 I enjoyed all of the stories minus the last one.

Lcsmcat I had the same feeling about the transition (or lack there of) between stories. 14mo
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MissMary
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Pickpick

My first one finished in the new year! Great collection of short stories, loved M-, and the last story as well, a fun read! #NewYearNewReads

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cassiopia
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So I did a thing last night and decided to sign up for Audible. Naturally I chose Tom Hanks book as my first choice of books to listen to. I got some listening in while getting ready for & driving to work this morning.

JoScho That is when I always listen to my books. I used Scribd. 1y
cassiopia @JoScho what's the difference between Scribd and Audible? 1y
JoScho @cassiopia scribd you can listen to more than one book a month. It isn‘t unlimited though. They have a limit on the most popular books but I am not sure what the exact number is. They also have ebooks. I have found it is more bang for my buck. 1y
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cassiopia @joscho oooh that's interesting!! Good thing I signed up for a free trial for Audible. Thank you 💜 1y
JoScho Try the free scribd trial and compare and see what you think 1y
Texreader I have really enjoyed my Audible membership. I‘ve been a member for a couple years now 1y
cassiopia @JoScho @Texreader I will try out both. It's nice to have something to listen to other than music in the morning. Which is saying a lot coming from me lol. 1y
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Niki_Todaro
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Good book haul at the library‘s “Book Tasting Event” tonight. We got to go through different books in order to “taste” and grade them, took notes on ones we wanted to come back to, and were even allowed to take home free goodies!

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LouBeth
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I'm finishing up The Endless Beach then I'm going to start Bingo Love. Also listening to Uncommon Type in between reading sessions while doing some cleaning.

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Lcsmcat
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Pickpick

I enjoyed these short stories read by the author. They‘re uneven - some much better crafted than others - but overall well done and fun. So it‘s a pick. I have a daughter who loves typewriters, and I understand that the print book has pictures of typewriters in it. But I feel like Hanks‘ reading really adds to the stories. So my delimma, Littens - which version do I get her for Christmas??? Help me out!

Bklover I‘d go for the book. But I always go for the book over the audio. 1y
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Lcsmcat
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#Audiocrossstitching to these short stories.

Lcsmcat @Graciouswarriorprincess Thank you! It‘s number 6 and I‘m hoping to get it framed before the end of Christmas. 1y
Graciouswarriorprincess Lcsmcat. I love it. I need to get back to my cross stitching and we need to get together soon! 😀 1y
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erzascarletbookgasm Wow! 👏👍❤️ 1y
batsy Pretty 💜 1y
ravenlee Wow! 1y
DreesReads I did the Father Frost from this series and just brought it out yesterday! 1y
Lcsmcat @AudreyMorris Father Frost is one of my favorites! That and Père Noël. 1y
Lcsmcat @Graciouswarriorprincess We do! I‘m singing Lessons and Carols at St. Paul‘s on the afternoon of the 16th if you want some great Christmas music. 1y
Graciouswarriorprincess @Lcsmcat Unfortunately I am working on the 16th.😢 1y
Lcsmcat @Graciouswarriorprincess We‘ll have to find a different excuse to get together then. 1y
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gradcat
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So grateful for the many ways in which technology has made my life easier, but sometimes I miss the “ancient” stuff, like busy signals, snail mail & typewriters (see the lower right corner in the above picture). Only sometimes, mind...
#Gratitude30
#Technology
Oh, and if anyone is wondering? Not my room!! 😂😂😂
@hermyknee

Trashcanman I wish I had that type writer. That person needs a lighter, a can of hairspray and fire insurance. Problem solved. 1y
BooksAndYarn I Love typewriters. When I was a kid I had one and used it everyday. My husband gave me one for christmas two years ago but I'm afraid my kids will pick at it too much if I keep it out lol 1y
gradcat @Trashcanman Mos def needs fire insurance 😂😂😂 1y
gradcat @lauria56 Yep! They‘re collectors‘ items these days—you have to take care of them!! 1y
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Bookish_B
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Went to see Tom Hanks in conversation last night to discuss his book. He was absolutely charming and delightful. I love him ❤️ I don't know if I plan to read the book because I've seen mixed reviews 🙈😳But I have it now, just in case...

Tanisha_A Lucky you! I love Tom Hanks! 1y
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alexandra.anttt
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Mehso-so

Currently I am on about 4th or 5th short story and this book is going with my current needs of short and easy reading. The stories are all over the place and there is no particular theme. There's humor, sadness and complete understanding of every day life. I also like the different typewriters before the start of each story and there was a Russian one so extra points in my book. I'll give this collection a so-so for now until I finish. #shortstory

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Butterflyamore
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Haul from the Savers 99 cent book sale

Some of these books were actually on my wishlist. I feel a sense of accomplishment because of that! A friend had recommended the Tom Hanks book very recently so I was excited about that find.

I have already read Phantom of the Opera but I wanted that cover. And while I have more than one Poe collection, the cover on this one is awesome and the intro is by Neil Gaiman. How could I pass that up?

jpmcwisemorgan This is a great haul. I went to Recycled Reads last night and accidentally acquired some books. 😊 1y
Reviewsbylola It‘s always justified if it‘s already on your TBR! 1y
Butterflyamore @jpmcwisemorgan “accidentally” haha! 1y
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Graciouswarriorprincess
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We went out before the hurricane hits to grab some supplies and decided to stop at the local thrift stores. I found these two items. My cost $1.00.

Bklover Be safe!! 1y
MaureenMc Stay safe! (I have that puzzle, too. It‘s hanging in my library. 😊) 1y
saresmoore That puzzle looks fun! 1y
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Mimi28 Stay safe!! ❤️❤️ 1y
Graciouswarriorprincess @Bklover @mimi28. Thank you. @MaureenMc Neat and thank you. @saresmoore I love all things Jane Austen. 👍🏻😃 1y
kspenmoll Hope you are ok.💕 1y
Graciouswarriorprincess @kspenmoll yes. Thank you. We have just had a lot or wind and rain but that‘s all. 1y
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thea-block
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I haven‘t read many short story collections, but I enjoyed this one. The tone of each story is told like a movie, and I would say that each focuses on telling about “an American life,” especially that of the New Yorker. No politics here - just good storytelling.

⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2, maybe 4 stars because of a few of my favorite stories (Christmas Eve 1953, A Month in Greene Street, The Past Is Important to Us).

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dawn-pInk
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Panpan

Totally unimpressive. I hate that publishers with pay celebrities for work they‘d never accept from anyone else. Hanks could be a good writer. But it all reads like short stories I read from high schoolers. Add that to the running theme of “wasn‘t everything better back in the day”, no character progression even though a lot of the stories feature the same characters and a superfluous typewriter in every short, just skip it.

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LisaJo
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⛺️ 🏄 🚔

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LisaJo
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“... a barn animal in your hotel room.” 🐑

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LisaJo
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Story: Christmas 1953. “Since he had figured out the deal with Santa...”

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Erofan
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Seventeen unrelated stories! Different people, different years! But everywhere there is one and the same subject (guess what)! If you like Tom Hanks and you just want to spend a quiet evening with nice short stories, then #uncommontype is for you!

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