A Life in Books: Scott Turow

Is Scott Turow insanely productive? While keeping his day job as a partner at a Chicago law firm, he's written a shelfful of legal thrillers like "Burden of Proof" and "Reversible Errors." Now he's working on a sequel to "Presumed Innocent." Case closed.

A Certified Important Book you haven't read: The list is so long. I've never read Edward Gibbon's "The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire." I'd like to, although it's a lot to take on. My tastes run to fiction.

The book you want your kids to read: Shakespeare, especially "The Merchant of Venice," because there's the ethnic hook. Once you learn to decode him, you enter a realm of unbelievable wisdom and power.