OppenheimerI want to read Robert Oppenheimer by Ray Monk because I don't know very much about Oppenheimer.  He led the physicists at Los Alamos who produced the first atomic bomb.  As he witnessed the first detonation he quoted the Bhagavad-Gita, saying "Now I am become Death, destroyer of worlds."  (I hope he was not being prophetic.)  Anybody who was demoted by the US security system, as Oppenheimer was, interests me.  And, I read, Monk explains modern physics well, something I need because I can't do the math to comprehend it otherwise.

CityI want to at least start this book.  Experimental fiction often is too weird to sustain my interest.  The Quiet Girl by Peter Hoeg comes to mind.  I liked Smilla's Sense of Snow, but found The Quiet Girl simply too inexplicable to sustain my comprehension, not to mention my interest.  I left it on the shelf of a hotel in Athens.  Neal Stephenson recommended The City & the City and claimed it resonated with him for years.  The story is set in two cities that overlap with one another geographically.  That was enough to pique my interest.