this is a SHAXPIR project
how does it work?

Once In Every Life

  by Kristin Hannah

(about 423 pages)
total words
of all the books in our library
of all the books in our library
passive voice
of all the books in our library
all adverbs
of all the books in our library
of all the books in our library
of all the books in our library

clippings from this book

We’ve analyzed hundreds of millions of words, from thousands of different authors, training our linguistic models to recognize the most vivid words in the English language… the words that create the most intense sensory experiences: colors, textures, sounds, flavors, and aromas.

Based on our analysis, we’ve scanned through the pages of this book to find the two pages at the extremes, both the most-passive and the most-vivid pages, so that you can compare them side-by-side and see the difference:

It’s supposed to be in June sometime, but I figured May was close enough.” She smiled. “It’s a day to tell your father how much he means to you. How… much you love him.” “Daddy? Are you okay?” Savannah asked quietly. Daddy. The word twisted Jack’s heart. He hadn’t been much of one to her—probably couldn’t be if he tried. But he was sick and tired of pretending not to care. Tired of living in an isolated, lonely world full of aching silences and wrenching regrets. Don’t do it. You’ll fail. At the thought, Jack felt a rush of fear. It was easier somehow to be a father to Caleb; he was an infant. Caleb wouldn’t know for years if his father had failed. Even Katydid might not notice, but Savannah was different. She was older, wiser. She’d see. She’d know he’d tried to be something he couldn’t. She’d know he failed, and the failure would break both their hearts. won’t fail. But this time the words didn’t matter. Maybe he would fail, he thought tiredly, and maybe he wouldn’t. But one thing he knew for sure—had always known—was that not trying was the biggest failure of all. Enough was enough, he decided. God had given him this chance for a new beginning—given it to all of them. And Jack wouldn’t run away this time. He wouldn’t be a coward again. He turned slightly and gave Savannah a bright, love-filled smile. “I’m fine. Now, why don’t the oven door, carefully extracting the golden loaf of bread. Using her apron to shield her hands, she moved the loaf to a riddle board and started to slice it thickly. Katie went to the table and sat down. Her little elbows thumped on the scarred wooden surface. The steady thump-thump-thump of her toes hitting the chair’s solid legs was a welcome end to the silence. “What’s for dinner, Vannah?” Savannah slopped a ladleful of stew into a bowl, balanced a plateful of bread on top, and headed for the table. “Rabbit stew, cottage bread, and some of those pickled cucumbers Mrs. Hannah gave us.” Katie wrinkled her nose. “Rabbit stew… again?” Savannah set the food on the table, and gently cuffed her baby sister on the head. “Watch it, you,” she said, smiling as she buttered her sister’s bread. “Or you’ll get it for breakfast, too.” Daddy dished himself a heaping bowl of stew and laid two slices of bread on the bowl’s rim. Balancing it carefully, he mumbled, “Thanks,” to Savannah and headed to the back porch to eat in solitude. Savannah headed back to the stove and got herself a small bowl of stew. Then she went over to her usual dinner spot. Leaning against the dry sink, feeling the towel rack jabbing against her lower back, she ate her dinner. No one spoke, and the entire meal was over in less than ten minutes. drainboard. Filling the metal washbasin with the hot water from the kettle

emotional story arc

Click anywhere on the chart to see the most significant emotional words — both positive & negative — from the corresponding section of the text…
This chart visualizes the the shifting emotional balance for the arc of this story, based on the emotional strength of the words in the prose, using techniques pioneered by the UVM Computational Story Lab. To create this story arc, we divided the complete manuscript text into 50 equal-sized chunks, each with 2115.90 words, and then we scored each section by counting the number of strongly-emotional words, both positive and negative. The bars in the chart move downward whenever there’s conflict and sadness, and they move upward when conflicts are resolved, or when the characters are happy and content. The size of each bar represents the positive or negative word-count of that section.

similar books by different authors

other books by Kristin Hannah

something missing?

Our library is always growing, so check back often…

If you’re an author or a publisher,
contact us at to help grow the library.