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  • We’ve been good to ’em, we’ve bailed ’cause out of jail and out of debt since the beginning of time, we’ve made work for ’cause when there was no work, we’ve encouraged ’cause to better themselves, they’ve gotten civilized, but my dear— that veneer of civilization’s so thin that a bunch of uppity Yankee Negroes can shatter a hundred years’ progress in five….
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • Of course, it’s not like racism is gone completely, but as my dads like to say, the veneer of civilization got itself a second coat.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • She didn’t want to know any of this about the adults who’d ruled her life, that beneath their veneer of propriety they might have been concealing a turmoil of emotions too.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • Only once, when Marlee tripped over the hem of her dress, did that veneer crack.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite

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  • The veneer splintered.
    Rainbow Rowell  --  Eleanor & Park
  • Because of the sheets of wood veneer her father has tacked over its windows, their apartment is stuffy and hot.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • For McGraw-Hill was, after all, in spite of its earnest literary veneer, a monstrous paradigm of American business.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The magic veneer had faded, leaving only broken walls and excavation pits.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • There was a cheap desk of particle board and walnut veneer, two silver file cabinets.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • We were still sorting through the veneer: clicking fragments, paper-thin, like counters in some ancient game from China maybe, an eerie lightness in the sound which made you feel lost in some much larger silence.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch

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  • When Merrill got on, I could tell that some of her cool veneer had cracked.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • There was little pretence now-no formal veneer of conversation.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • To break through the smug veneer of those who use their brains to find amusing ways to kill us.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • I remember thinking at the time what a good actress she must be to camouflage disappointment and hurt with a veneer of cheerfulness.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • I bet this veneer is thin enough.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Just shows you, that Robinson boy was legally married, they say he kept himself clean, went to church and all that, but when it comes down to the line the veneer’s mighty thin.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • And though he was smiling faintly, Laila sensed something troubled and wounded beneath, disappointment and defeat glossed over with a veneer of good humor.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • AND ON OCCASION, as if to feed the weakest embers of a fire, Eddie’s father let a wrinkle of pride crack the veneer of his disinterest.
    Mitch Albom  --  The Five People You Meet in Heaven
  • A veneer of jaunty self-confidence thinly concealed his nervousness.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • Were I to break through the veneer of snow over a hidden crevasse, though, the curtain rods would , I hoped mightily, span the slot and keep me from dropping into the frozen depths of the Baird.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Pith helmets with netting, tools, and wax candles hung from nails near the front door, and a thin veneer of honey lay across everything.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • I had decided to line the interior of the nozzle with a veneer of water putty, an inspiration that I hoped would act as an ablative heat sink.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • Just like its name, the place masked a whole lot of cruelty under a thin veneer of kindness.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • The blue stain raced around the tree, coating everything in a thin veneer of glittering ice crystals that reflected the light.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • Its highly polished walnut surface had been marked by spilt liquids, and the veneer was coming away slightly in one place.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • On a low coffee table, with circular and semicircular stains bitten into the dark veneer, lay a few wilted numbers of Time and Lift.
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar
  • We see UFOs, engage in channeling, spirit contact, out-of-body experiences, mindquests-all these eccentric ideas have a scientific veneer, but they are unashamedly irrational.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • She had the easily stirred passions of her Irish father and nothing except the thinnest veneer of her mother’s unselfish and forbearing nature.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • The path in front of him rapidly lost its veneer of snow and ice, as if someone were blow-drying it.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • Tenzing was moving closely behind the other four, stepping exactly where they had stepped, when he broke through a thin veneer of snow spanning a deep crevasse.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • It’s a fake front, a veneer of some kind, maybe of, for example, sophistication.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • He was completely civil, and in such an authentic way, I felt it was his real nature and not just a veneer to please the customer—the way I had seen it in the stores in New Orleans.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • In Japan, face is important even to institutions and long before the Red Cross Hospital was back to par in basic medical equipment, its directors put up a new yellow brick veneer facade, so the hospital became the handsomest building in Hiroshima — from the street.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • The front of thin veneers was cut out to make a pretty pattern and there was old-rose silk behind this fretted wood design.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • He had indeed achieved a kind of wisdom—if you wanted to call it that—though at the same time he knew that most elderly people were not wise at all but only wore a thin veneer of cheap wisdom as a sort of armor against the world.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • He pressed his thumbprint in the warm wax pooled on the oak veneer.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • He put on a don’t-give-a-damn veneer, coated by his trademark grin and playful sense of humor.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Pity links us in a perverted way, transcending our veneers, joining us in our vulnerability, and at the same time distancing us from one another.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • Haji Ali wouldn’t have approved, but Tara was due in a month, the clean-shaven Gul had a veneer of respectability, and Mortenson didn’t have time to be choosy.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • The set had a walnut veneer with silvery hardware.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • The helm, pauldrons, and vambraces were polished, literally by weeks of polishing, to that veneer or patina of light which is to be found only on things bought newly from the shop before they have been dulled by household cleaning.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • I suspected that beneath his gentleman’s veneer he was painfully ignorant of the most simple financial matters.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • For example, there is the fragment of memory about a dining-room table whose edge veneer had come loose and which Phaedrus had reglued.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • They had the complexion of wealth—that clear complexion that is heightened by the pallor of porcelain, the shimmer of satin, the veneer of old furniture, and that an ordered regimen of exquisite nurture maintains at its best.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • But she is already leaving, well before dawn, as if to spend any more time here might chip her thin veneer.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Identical
  • The difference between a civilized man and a barbarous fiend — a madman, say — lies, perhaps, merely in a thin veneer of willed self-restraint.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • …entrance for ordinary visitors, was separated from the parlor by a sliding door; though Mr. Clutter occasionally shared the office with Gerald Van Vleet, a young man who assisted him with the management of the farm, it was fundamentally his retreat-an orderly sanctuary, paneled in walnut veneer, where, surrounded by weather barometers, rain charts, a pair of binoculars, he sat like a captain in his cabin, a navigator piloting River Valley’s sometimes risky passage through the seasons.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • The house hadn’t been renovated since the 1940s, and it still had cheap wood-veneer paneling and old smelly, worn-out lime-green carpeting.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao’s Last Dancer
  • And while the chocolate is yet mid-air, the lower lip drops open and beyond the purplish tint of the microscopically scaling veneer of lipstick, one sees the damp, paler red, expectant membranes of the mouth, and the faint glitter of a gold filling in the dark, hot orifice.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • In the end she shook her head and ordered an ordinary desk, the Galant, in beech veneer with an angled top and rounded corners, and a large filing cabinet.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
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