Oh, the beautiful smiles of the insane. Soon, he was sure, there would be a study that showed that the mentally ill were actually more attractive than other people. Dating proved it!

Lorrie Moore, Debarking Bark: Stories, page 24
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He could picture the title page, a mimeograph of the original. He could smell the book’s interior: like almonds and wood chips, the glue sweet as warm milk. He closed his eyes for a moment and imagined that scent.

Edan Lepucki, California, page 329
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Once in L.A., Frieda had seen a Batista apply red lipstick using the reflective surface of her coffee machine as a mirror. It had made Frieda’s day, the way objects could be remade, given a new and unexpected purpose.

Edan Lepucki, California, page 117
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His belief lasted only so long before he would need to hear her affirmation again. There was something in him, lighter than ego but darker than insecurity, that needed constant buffing, polishing, waxing.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah, page 257
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I’m worried I will leave grad school and no longer be able to speak English…Sometimes I feel that they live in a parallel universe of academia speaking academese instead of English and they don’t really know what’s happening in the world.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah, page 219
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She did not know if this had happened, or had merely become true from being told over and over again

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah, page 64
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