Visions of Infinity: The Great Mathematical Problems (Basic Books) by Ian Stewart takes on the tough problems.
Words from the White House: Words and Phrases Coined or Popularized by America's Presidents (Walker) by Paul Dickson shows how the presidents shaped our language.
In Declaring His Genius: Oscar Wilde in North America (Belknap Press / Harvard), Roy Morris, Jr., accounts with amusement Wilde's year among us.
Exploding the Phone: The Untold Story of the Teenagers and Outlaws Who Hacked Ma Bell (Grove Press) by Phil Lapsley tells the adventures of the original hackers.
Roseanne Montillo, in The Lady and Her Monsters: A Tale of Dissections, Real-Life Dr. Frankensteins, and the Creation of Mary Shelley's Masterpiece (William Morrow) shows the roots and the branches of the Frankenstein story.
The International Bank of Bob: Connecting Our Worlds One $25 Kiva Loan at a Time (Walker) is Bob Harris's funny, inspiring book about making a difference.
Susan Jacoby's The Great Agnostic: Robert Ingersoll and American Freethought (Yale University Press) recalls a unique American thinker.
In Jungleland: A Mysterious Lost City, a WWII Spy, and a True Story of Deadly Adventure (Harper), Christopher S. Stewart hunts for the fabled White City.
_The Coffee Table Book of Doom_ (Plume) by writer Steven Appleby and cartoonist Art Lester laughs in the face of megadisasters.