The leaves were sparse and shriveled, dying for air, and they had a coat of white pesticide dust and exhaust fumes so thick you could smear your hands on the leaves and rub fingerprints with them.
Victor Martinez -- Parrot in the Oven
The country was new and sparsely settled.
Wilson Rawls -- Where the Red Fern Grows
The house is sparsely furnished, and although there is evidence of a woman’s touch, there is a lack of warmth and vigor.
August Wilson -- The Piano Lesson
He found the tiny thorny plants that grew sparsely there, the only things that grew now.
David Almond -- Kit’s Wilderness
She went to a small shabby desk, which was a part of the sparse and colorless equipment of the room.
Theodore Dreiser -- An American Tragedy
Oliver was stretched out on the far end of the porch ... his fur sparse and gray with age.
Jill McCorkle -- Ferris Beach
Even the yellow walls—what we used to call the vomit hallways—strike me as pretty now, the slender bare trees in the middle of the quad elegant and sparse, just waiting for snow.
Lauren Oliver -- Before I Fall
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With nothing for miles and miles but sparse, dead land.
James Dashner -- The Scorch Trials
His sparse memories weren’t solid enough to make any sense of the bizarre things that had been done to him.
James Dashner -- The Death Cure
Our sparse neighborhood was being canvassed.
Gillian Flynn -- Gone Girl
The moon shone through the window, giving the room sparse light and making me feel a little nervous.
Kiera Cass -- The Elite
Though it was open to the public, the crowds were relatively sparse, and as soon as we pushed through the doors, Ruth simply stopped in wonder.
Nicholas Sparks -- The Longest Ride
The coolness Mark had felt upon waking up seemed like a joke now—he was already sweating from the steadily rising temperature as the brutal sun rimmed the sparse tree line of the mountain peaks above.
James Dashner -- The Kill Order
From early November until April the wolves and caribou travel together through the taiga, the sparse borderline forests of stunted spruce and jackpine lying below the timberline.
Farley Mowat -- Never Cry Wolf
Here, the tables and benches were more widely spaced and sparsely populated.
Patrick Rothfuss -- The Name of the Wind
It being just after ten, the immense mall parking lot is practically deserted, save the hulking, older-model and econobox cars of the store employees, which sparsely line the far periphery in a gesture to the large weekend crowds that have long gone elsewhere.
Chang-rae Lee -- A Gesture Life
The bathroom was a sparse empty stone room with open drains in the floor and a tap to one side.
Michael Ondaatje -- Running in the Family
The limbs are so sparse and thin here that all anyone would have to do is look up to see me.
Susan Ee -- Angelfall
As a wave of musty air blew up to meet them, the android turned on her floodlight, dispersing the shadows from the sparse halogens.
Marissa Meyer -- Cinder
His flat, normally sparsely furnished and immaculate, was strung with training schedules and dietary sheets.
Jojo Moyes -- Me Before You
I expected the camp to be sparsely populated.
Rick Riordan -- The Trials of Apollo
The little but with its sparsely thatched roof sagged at one corner.
Elizabeth George Speare -- The Witch of Blackbird Pond
The truck rattled up a steep grade past sparse, dry canyons and Esperanza’s ears began to feel full and tight.
Pam Munoz Ryan -- Esperanza Rising
Flowers, weeds, junk, pet houses, tree houses, vegetable gardens, rubber tires, grass ranging from desert-sparse to shaggy to trim as a marine’s haircut — the backyards were as different, as individual as faces.
Jerry Spinelli -- Maniac Magee
"Get up here, Man," Stacey ordered, but Little Man only gazed at the ragged red bank sparsely covered with scraggly brown briars and kept on walking.
Mildred D. Taylor -- Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
Under all this a sparse quantity of grayish hair was tied in a small but tidy knot on top of her head.
Madeleine L’Engle -- A Wrinkle in Time
"He has the sweetest of smiles," and with one insubstantial hand she stroked the child’s sparse blond hair.
Neil Gaiman -- The Graveyard Book
Wind rustles through the tall sparse trees that line the road.
Christina Baker Kline -- Orphan Train
It was clean and sparsely furnished, and computer files, which he went over in Bolling’s presence, yielded no clues.
David Baldacci -- Zero Day
The buildings have fallen away behind me, giving way to ramshackle sheds, sparsely situated on either side of the cracked and run-down road.
Lauren Oliver -- Delirium
Willem’s sparsely furnished room was on the fourth floor of a private home.
Corrie Ten Boom -- The Hiding Place
The light from his desk lamp makes the black bristles of his hair look even more sparse, like a landscape of trees in winter.
An Na -- A Step from Heaven
Her hair was so sparse her head looked shaved.
V.S. Naipaul -- A Bend in the River
Sparsely furnished, the room contained a plain pinewood table, a steel filing cabinet, four straight-backed chairs, a cot upon which Miss sometimes rested, seeking surcease from the migraine headaches that assailed him from time to time.
William Styron -- Sophie’s Choice
Sometimes, instead of the stockings, she has thin cotton socks, above which her legs rise white and sparsely haired, like a woman’s mustache.
Margaret Atwood -- Cat’s Eye
He could see just the roof of Jen’s house beyond the sparse line of trees.
Margaret Peterson Haddix -- Among the Hidden
I wrapped myself in the blanket and sat down on one of the smaller casks to dine, musing as I munched the sparse fare.
Diana Gabaldon -- Outlander
There was always the sense that it was temporary; she didn’t keep many clothes there and lived mostly out of a suitcase on a luggage rack at the foot of her bed; and for reasons inexplicable I liked the empty, restful anonymity of the flat, which was cheerfully but sparsely decorated with abstract-patterned rugs and modern furnishings from an affordable design store.
Donna Tartt -- The Goldfinch
The smears led to car tracks that were clearly delineated in the sparsely traveled soil.
James Patterson -- 1st to Die
The place was sparsely furnished with bare walls and empty coffee and side tables.
John Corey Whaley -- Nogin
Trees, the sniper’s nearest and dearest friends, were damn sparse., obviously by design.
Marcus Luttrell -- Lone Survivor
There were sparse strands of hair on his chin.
Khaled Hosseini -- The Kite Runner
The room is small, not well lit, and sparsely decorated: a saffron-upholstered couch, a coffee table, two tall bookshelves.
Khaled Hosseini -- And The Mountains Echoed
It had a note from him pinned to part of its sparse instrument panel.
Douglas Adams -- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Several weeks earlier, Edwin, the Tlingit elder from Drake, had built a sparse one-room wood shelter for Cole on the island.
Ben Mikaeslen -- Touching Spirit Bear
To me, though, the sparseness of the room made the whole thing depressing.
Nicholas Sparks -- A Walk to Remember
The willows of a stream lined across the west, and to the northwest a fallow section was going back to sparse brush.