A Life In Books: Jonathan Safran Foer

His last novel used September 11 as a backdrop for storytelling, but now Jonathan Safran Foer has embraced reality as he works on a new nonfiction book. Here are five books that have illuminated (almost) everything for him along the way.

A Certified Important Book you still haven't read: I haven't read most of them. The Qur'an might take the prize, though. It's hard to think of a more important book these days.

A book you would like to share with your children: I have a small library of books about circumcision, which, when the time comes—that is, when I suddenly find myself with a lot of explaining to do—I will defer to. And then one day he can pass them on to his son. And so on and so on ...