Beyond the windows, there were people at tables inside. enjoying whatever it was they’d ordered, all of them adept with their chopsticks.
Nicholas Sparks -- The Longest Ride
Julian was adept at coaxing the lizards to crawl into his palm and sleep there as he stroked their heads with his thumb.
Cassandra Clare -- City of Heavenly Fire
She was still beautiful, still funny, still adept with chopsticks.
John Green -- An Abundance of Katherines
Mae was nodding, because this was the clear meaning for everyone on campus, but she felt it might as well be said, on camera, for anyone less adept at art interpretation.
Dave Eggers -- The Circle
Wights are adept at passing unnoticed.
Ransom Riggs -- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
An African American woman, she was adept even in environments where her gender or race made her an outsider.
Bryan Stevenson -- Just Mercy
If there is one thing at which scientists are adept, it is learning from experience; I was not to be fooled twice.
Farley Mowat -- Never Cry Wolf
Then one day I realized that I’d never amount to anything without an education and, being naturally adept at spelling, I decided that—
Norton Juster -- The Phantom Tollbooth
She was better with the customers than he was, in fact, always willing to take time for a little small talk, and adept at smoothing over any problems or complaints.
Anne Tayler -- A Spool of Blue Thread
The government had gotten quite adept at that over the years.
David Baldacci -- Zero Day
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He was so adept, he found himself wondering why everyone else in his class was so slow.
Joshua Davis -- Spare Parts
Normally it’s not an issue because no one really looks at me, and if they do, I’m pretty adept at looking away fast.
Katja Millay -- The Sea of Tranquility
But she was an adept enough reader to marvel at Faulkner’s intricacy of narrative and his turbulent power.
William Styron -- Sophie’s Choice
She was also surprisingly adept at speaking without moving her lips.
George Orwell -- 1984
They set up a "University of Thievery," in which "professors"—the most adept thieves—taught the art of stealing.
Laura Hillenbrand -- Unbroken
As for the detective, he was simply an adept, and worthy of being matched against his present opponent.
Jules Verne -- Around the World in 80 Days
Gradually, as he became more adept at controlling the fighter’s speed, direction of movement, orientation, and weapons, the game was made more complex.
Orson Scott Card -- Ender’s Game
Not just her Aunt Jemima act, but the fact that she was both adept at it and willing to do it—for him.
Toni Morrison -- Song of Solomon
I am the great scholar, the magician, the adept, who is doing the experiment.
C.S. Lewis -- The Magician’s Nephew
At the sight of a Middle Eastern man whose car was broken down on the side of the road, one officer remarked that the man was probably more adept at riding camels than fixing cars.
Warren St. John -- Outcasts United
She said something to the adept, who nodded and ran back the way he’d come.
Rick Riordan -- The Red Pyramid
I have people here at the lab very adept at extracting user information from the Web.
Dan Brown -- Angels & Demons
At ten, Ben was already remarkably adept at predicting her behavior.
Nicholas Sparks -- The Lucky One
As I said in the lecture, I was always pretty adept at charging through the brick walls in my academic and professional life.
Randy Pausch -- The Last Lecture
"Your friend performs delightfully," he continued after a pause, on seeing Bingley join the group; "and I doubt not that you are an adept in the science yourself, Mr. Darcy."
Jane Austen -- Pride and Prejudice
Especially adept did he become in stalking small living things.
Jack London -- White Fang
A burst of laughter from the auditors did not in the least disconcert the speaker, who continued,—"Yes, gentlemen; Edward, the infant phenomenon, who is quite an adept in the art of killing."
Alexandre Dumas -- The Count of Monte Cristo
"Keep still!" cried Lillian, more adept than the others at reading danger signs in Rearden’s face.
Ayn Rand -- Atlas Shrugged
Harry supposed that as Hogsmeade was the only all-wizard village in Britain, it was a bit of a haven for creatures like hags, who were not as adept as wizards at disguising themselves.
J.K. Rowling -- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Other members of staff were not as adept at hiding their surprise.
J.K. Rowling -- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
’Don’t let it worry you, Scheisskopf,’ said General Peckem, congratulating himself on how adeptly he had fit Colonel Scheisskopf into his standard method of operation.
Joseph Heller -- Catch-22
He was adept at ciphering.
Margaret Mitchell -- Gone with the Wind
Well, I will forecast for you, as the gods put the strong feeling in me-I see it all, and I’m no prophet, no adept in bird-signs.
Homer -- The Odyssey
adept at getting his name into print and his mug on the telly.
Jon Krakauer -- Into Thin Air
Eragon excused himself from the contest as he had never been particularly adept at riddles; the twist of thought necessary to solve them always seemed to escape him.
Christopher Paolini -- Eldest
With even half an hour of practice, he says, people can become adept at picking up micro-expressions.
Malcolm Gladwell -- Blink
She was adept in creating any number of hair styles, but each one left her with a pinched and harassed look.
Toni Morrison -- The Bluest Eye
We became adept, my mother and sisters and I, at avoiding subtle instruments of death.
Frank Herbert -- Dune
They spent most of the day inside the tent, huddled for warmth around the useful bright blue flames that Hermione was adept at producing, and which could be scooped up and carried in a jar.
J.K. Rowling -- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Language can be very adept at hiding the truth.
Dan Brown -- The Lost Symbol
Filling stations, service stations, were particularly adept at spotting suspicious persons and reporting them to the police or highway patrol.
John Howard Griffin -- Black Like Me
During my two years with the team, I had become quite adept at second base and had also developed a swift underhand pitch that would tempt a batter into a swing but would drop into a curve at the last moment and slide just below the flaying bat for a strike.
Chaim Potok -- The Chosen
The child became adept at stitching.
Betty Smith -- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
But the younger lad grew adept and indeed more adept at petty thieving than at begging.
Pearl S. Buck -- The Good Earth
It was a fatiguing effort, but on the date set for the ceremony the child was as adept in the ways of the world as any of her sisters.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez -- One Hundred Years of Solitude
An adept in the business, standing at the box and seeing by the mere action of the elbow where each put his ball, scowled with annoyance.
Leo Tolstoy -- Anna Karenina
And he may be adept at strange and terrible magics, abominations of the spellcaster’s art.
Christopher Paolini -- Brisingr
As the anthropologist Francesca Bray puts it, rice agriculture is "skill oriented": if you’re willing to weed a bit more diligently, and become more adept at fertilizing, and spend a bit more time monitoring water levels, and do a better job keeping the claypan absolutely level, and make use of every square inch of your rice paddy, you’ll harvest a bigger crop.
Malcolm Gladwell -- Outliers
And at his shoulder Odysseus, adept at war, moved up to drag out by the heels each man he killed, thinking by this to save the beautiful horses from shying at the bodies when they passed— being unused to dead men yet.
Homer -- The Iliad
Tony Horwitz, in frequent calls between our writers’ garrets, provided his always adept commiseration, as did the always level-headed Joe White, regularly checking in from Detroit.