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Book review by Deane Barker
Tom Hanks
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★★★★ (+16.62%) 🛈
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A lovely little book of short stories by Tom Hanks. The hook is that every story “features” a typewriter in some way (in quotes, because some appearances are brief – Hanks apparently collects old typewriters).

Short stories are interesting because there’s no room for plot. They’re very…serial. They move forward without any twists or turns. They’re kind of like a random slice of life – a peek into someone’s world. They invite mysterious endings that leave you hanging and leave much to interpretation.

There’s about 20 of them in here, and all they’re all very nice to read. A couple are odd, but most of them are…pleasant? Dare I say that they’re the – wait for it – Tom Hanks of short stories?

There’s one that is sort of sci fi horror, but the rest are simply random peeks into the lives of people.

I enjoyed it. I’d read one every day. There’s nothing shocking or dark, and Hanks is quite a good writer.

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