Al Capp: A Life to the Contrary (Bloomsbury) by Michael Schumacher and Denis Kitchen tells a paradoxical life story.
Circle of Treason: A CIA Account of Traitor Aldrich Ames and the Men He Betrayed (Naval Institute Press) by Sandra Grimes and Jeanne Vertefeuille is an insders' account of a famous case.
The Golden Ticket: P, NP, and the Search for the Impossible (Princeton University Press) by Lance Fortnow is an introduction to one of the most important mathematical puzzles.
The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend (Bloomsbury) by Glenn Frankel gives us facts and legends.
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.