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  • During the heart transplant, the surgeon used a saw to cut through his sternum.
  • "Tibia," we said. "Fibula, sternum, clavicle, radius, ulna, kidneys, liver, lungs, heart, brain."
    David Almond  --  Skellig
  • Go jabbed me in the sternum with two hard fingers.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • The sound of the man’s sternum and ribs breaking, the squeal of the door’s hinges as they continued to stress over the obstacle keeping the door open—Mark felt a rush of horror at himself.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order

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  • The first swift cut at the sternum was for an instant strangely unbloody, and I could see the quivering heart and the pliant sacs of the lungs, still alive as the pig was for a few moments longer.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Wells watched Clarke stride off into the woods, feeling as if she’d punched through his sternum and torn away a chunk of his heart.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • Adri cleared her throat and lowered the cloth to her sternum.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • The damage amounted to a bruised sternum, a few bruised ribs, and a two-inch gash above the orbital bone that surrounded my left eye.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • Stem bent to offer him a hand, but instead of accepting it, Denny lunged at him from a half-standing position and butted Stem in the sternum.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • When Marie-Laure holds her hand over Madame’s chest, heat seems to steam up out of her sternum as though she cooks from the inside.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See

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  • "A little off the sternum, sir?" my father asks him, and Mr. Banerji brightens at the word.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Jason’s heart hammered against his sternum.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • The cheek pressed against my sternum was warm and slightly sticky with sweat, but the back and arms I could touch were as cold as my thighs, chilled by the winter air gusting in on us.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • You can see here the blade pierced the juncture between the fourth rib and the sternum on the way in.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • Glancing down, she saw a slim hand, pressed protectively against her sternum.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • I jab his sternum with my index finger, digging in my fingernail.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • And a fool for enjoying the feeling of my heart slamming against my sternum and sweat gathering in the lines of my palms.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • He cocked his chin into his sternum, stepped toward the ball, flung his leg forward, and connected, firing a low, sharp shot to the goalie’s right.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • Calvin held the forefeet open and up while Omar pierced the curling hair at the point where the sternum lay.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • The two men collided, Silas’s broad, naked shoulder grinding into the man’s sternum with crushing force.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Next she showed Eragon how to twist his right hand and place it over his sternum in a curious gesture.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Frank felt a subtle vibration in his own body, like a tuning fork pressed against his sternum.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • The flashlight flew out of his hand, and before he could even process what was happening, a rock-hard fist collided with his sternum.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • The sternum he split using his knife.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • When she woke up the sun was shining in the window and she had a barbarous stitch in the shape of an arc that began at her crotch and ended at her sternum.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • The tip struck the soft part of Czigo’s abdomen just below the sternum, slammed upward with terrible force over the liver and through the diaphragm to crush the right ventricle of the man’s heart.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Just before the rock nailed him he’d been hunched forward with his head down; he happened to look up a moment before it struck, so that it merely grazed his chin before hitting him in the sternum, but it had come sickeningly close to smashing into his cranium.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • The sight of these nails gave Briony a constricting sensation around her sternum, and she knew at once that she could not ask Lola to play the prince.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • Excess ganglia radiate from a thick nucleus above my sternum to filaments everywhere-a nightmare of nematodes.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • He then punched me in the sternum and slapped me twice across the face.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • TWAIN, NOTEBOOK June Claire would be cut in half, her sternum buzzed open with a saw and held open with a metal spreader so that she could be made, literally, heartless—and this was not what terrified me the most.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • He punched Connor hard below the sternum.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Hound of Rowan
  • "The plate they used to put my sternum back together," he replied cheerfully.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Along for the Ride
  • He pressed the tip of his golden sword against Percy’s sternum.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Mark of Athena
  • Kelli touched her own sternum, where the tip of the knife had exited when Annabeth stabbed her in the back.
    Rick Riordan  --  The House of Hades
  • I paused when I uncovered the next card, and my heart leaped forward and banged against my sternum and asked to be let out.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Nine Princes in Amber
  • At the last moment, Eragon twisted, tensed his arms and chest, and rammed his sore shoulder into the man’s sternum.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • Dr. Mac Perry presses down on the president’s sternum to restart the heart, even as the electrocardiogram machine shows a flat line.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • They looked anxiously at Alessandro and then at a score of lesser servants standing against the walls, each carrying a knobbed cane that came up to his sternum.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • He has been slit open like a salmon, with a single smooth-edged cut that begins at his anus and runs up his belly, through the middle of his sternum, all the way up to the point of his jaw.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • My low and narrow hips wanted to be lost in her width, the chute of her sternum my sole guide to the one place where we came in the same basic size and shape and flavor: that good piece, the mouth.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • With a volume on embryology propped at the bottom of his sternum, our young adventurer followed the development of the organism from the moment when the sperm, out in front of many just like itself and driven onward by the whipping motion of its taii, crashed headfirst into the gelatin coating of the egg and bored its way through to what is called the mount of conception, a conical protrusion in the outer rim of the egg’s protoplasm formed in reaction to the approach of the sperm.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • …baskets said, "On St. Stefano’s Day I passed urine on a barbed-wire fence …." Or this from a sad, distraught coolie: "The morning after the Wednesday fast, I accidentally stepped over the cast-off water from a prostitute’s morning wash …." Ghosh listened, his eyes taking in the blister marks on the sternum which said the native healer had been consulted; he noted the thick speech and guessed that the uvula had probably been recently amputated on a second visit to the same charlatan.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Eragon slipped past Arya’s guard with an adroit bit of footwork and a flick of his wrist, which resulted in him slashing Arya across her chest, from shoulder to sternum.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • "Ah, the sternum," he says, and I know they have entered together the shared world of biology, which offers refuge from the real, awkward world of manners and silences we’re sitting in at the moment.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Roran looked where Carn was pointing and saw, hidden amid the hair and the gore on his breast, a long, deep cut that started in themiddle of his right chest muscle, ran across his sternum, and ended just below his left nipple.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • A cold tingle like eucalyptus oil spread across his sternum, but as soon as Bob lifted his hand, the relief stopped.
    Rick Riordan  --  The House of Hades
  • His titular beard was thick and well groomed and hung to the middle of his sternum.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • Paul took the man beneath the sternum with a straight-hand jab, sidestepped and chopped the base of his neck, relieving him of the weapon as he fell.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Eragon touched his lips and then twisted his right hand over his sternum, as Arya had taught him.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
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