In no particular order...and bear in mind these are just the first ten authors I thought of that qualified.
1. Syrup, Max Barry
2. Life in a Medieval City, Frances and Joseph Gies
3. Stiff, Mary Roach
Mary Roach started a series of books incorporating interesting science, humor, and gruesome detail with Stiff, which I read in late September and enjoyed far more than was appropriate, given this was a book about the uses of dead people.
4. A Stitch in Time, Andrew Robinson
5. The Selfish Gene, Richard Dawkins
This is, as far as I know, Dawkins' first published book, and one that still informs my science reading. While the book's focus is a gene-centered view of evolution, he also coins the word 'meme' to describe ideas which are passed from person to person and change over time: a 'meme' is the building block of cultures. Meme has become a very popular word: how many Facebook and Blogger quizzes, surveys, and games have been labeled as such?
6. Barefoot Boy with Cheek, Max Shulman
Bareboot Boy is not the first Shulman novel I read, though it's the only other Shulman work I've read that comes close to matching the brilliant wit of The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis. It's a satire of college life, particularly liberal-arts academica, and so delightfully silly that even reading my comments on it amuses me. Good memories.
7. Redwall, Brian Jacques