A gem of a collection, short stories varying from war stories to surfing to housewives to bowling, acting and friendships; prove that Tom Hanks is a very talented writer as well as actor. Some stories were very short and some were more moderate in length, but all were amazing and witty. I was very impressed, he's got a lot of tricks up his sleeve! Tom Hanks also narrates the audiobook version which is just the icing on the cake, listening to him do voices and expressions really adds to the stories. I wouldn't say these stories are "literary" per se, but they are plenty good and I look forward to seeing what Tom Hanks is up to next.