This is the best next-to-the-sea book you can find this summer. 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.
The book is full of well-written, easy-to-follow stories that turn the pages like a breeze. These tales will make you appreciate Tom Hanks even more. He is a natural storyteller with a sensitive eye full of real-life connections. His 17 short stories are surprising, intelligent, heartwarming, and, they make you smile.
The book is written in a funny, wise, gloriously inventive and humane tone of voice. Tom Hanks sees inside people and their unspoken internal thoughts making the book a celebration of real-life humans. Tom’s writing has the all-American sweetness, humour, and a kind heart pen that actually brings close people. Tom Hanks is a newborn writer that goes beyond mere popularity and instead comes to embody some part of our own life moments.
Hanks turns out to be a good writer demonstrating joy in writing, a pleasure in communicating a truly personal sense of atmosphere, friendship, life, and family, engaging the reader’s attention effortlessly. There is an ease in his writing and a pleasure in the reading. Altogether, the seventeen stories are funny and moving, with a wide spectrum of subjects, making it an engaging collection.
Thomas Jeffrey Hanks (born July 9, 1956) is an American actor and filmmaker. Known for both his comedic and dramatic roles, he is one of the most popular and recognizable film stars worldwide and is regarded as an American cultural icon. Hanks’s films have grossed more than $4.9 billion in North America and more than $9.96 billion worldwide, making him the fourth-highest-grossing actor in North America.
After a nomadic childhood, Hanks majored in drama at California State University and performed in summer stock in Cleveland, Ohio, playing a variety of classical roles. In the late 1970s, he moved to New York City, where he had a small part in a horror film in 1980. Read more about Tom Hanks’s biography in this article.
In addition to his acting, Hanks wrote and directed the comedy That Thing You Do! (1996), about a fictional 1960s rock band. He later co-wrote, directed, and starred opposite Julia Roberts in the romance Larry Crowne (2011), playing an unemployed man who enrolls in community college. Hanks also produced a number of films and such television miniseries as From the Earth to the Moon (1998), which documents the Apollo space program, and the World War II dramas Band of Brothers (2001) and The Pacific (2010). In 2009 he narrated Beyond All Boundaries, a documentary about World War II that used animation, archival footage, and sensory effects, including shaking seats; the 35-minute film was produced for the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.
Hanks was the recipient of numerous acting honours, including the Cecil B. DeMille Award (a Golden Globe for lifetime achievement). In addition, he received a Kennedy Center Honor in 2014 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016.
He also wrote the short-story collection Uncommon Type (2017). This is his first collection of fiction. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker.