The Speed Read

Yes, you can successfully build an entire book around Ramen noodles. ... Writers can do anything they like. ... Terry Pratchett's Nation, Candace Fleming's The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary and Margaret Mahy's Bubble Trouble, illustrated by Polly Dunbar, have all won Boston Globe-Horn Book awards (Book World reviews at the links). ... Marilynne Robinson won the Orange Prize for Home. ... And a literary agent gives a recessionary pep talk.

By Rachel Hartigan Shea |  June 5, 2009; 11:14 AM ET
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