For ease of use, I have made this list alphabetical (what a radical concept!):
Can't Buy My Love: This is a great book on how advertising is planned and how it affects us, as well as the psychological research that is exploited on how to get us to long for things we really don't need (as well as encouraging those with substance abuse problems to believe that the problem is normal). It has changed the way I view advertising, and made me more aware of how deeply embedded in our culture it is. Perhaps if we all coveted, craved, and lusted a little less, the world would be a better place.
Deviant: What can I say? I'm interested in books about psychopathic killers. This one is about Ed Gein, who was the man who inspired so many horror books and movies (Psycho, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Silence of th Lambs). Yes, he killed people. Yes, he robbed graves. Yes, he had shrunken heads in his house, put on clothing made from human flesh, ate from bowls made of human skulls, all that stuff. The book looks at his childhood and goes through his arrest and trial, straight through to his death, and despite the sensationalistic nature of the crimes, doesn't just go for the cheap thrills, but reports it more matter-of-factly. Not recommended for those with weak stomachs.
Kiss My Tiara: This book will make you laugh, and is written primarily for women (although enlightened, secure men might find amusement in it, as well as advice for women they love). If it doesn't make you laugh, you're too uptight. It uses humor to make you think. If you don't like laughing and you don't like thinking, avoid my web sites. Go sit in front of your television and watch some Fox news or something.
Let's Stop Beating Around the Bush: If you really read the news, not just the top stories, but the stories behind the stories, and you pay particular attention to corruption in government, there will not be a lot of surprises here. However, it'll make you laugh (or grimace). It's in an easy-to-read format with a dose of wit thrown in to make it easier to continue reading. It can be tough to read just how corrupt our corporate-loving politicians are.
Murder Can Ruin Your Looks: Any book by Selma Eichler has to be good. The heroine, a private investigator by the name of Desiree Shapiro, is a woman who is old enough not to tell her age, plump, meticulous in her appearance, and a lover of good food. The books are humorous from beginning to end, the endings aren't obvious, but they're not cheap, either. The clues are there, and the reader misses them right along with the private investigator until she finally realizes her blunder. She's far more human and easy to relate to (and like!) than the centerfold-quality private investigators who are often the heroines of detective novels.
Regime Change Begins at Home: This book is not an anti-Bush book so much as it is a book that is anti-government-the-way-it-is-being-run. Our government representatives respond to the whims of the highest corporate bidder rather than the needs of the people who elect them. And what do we do about it? We keep re-electing them. If you're interested in change, this is a good place to start.
Silent Witness: Fascinating if (like me) you are amazed at what forensic science can discover with very little evidence. Lots of pictures, too. Some people only read books for pictures. This would satisfy.