Lisa Randall is a prominent physicist who teaches at Harvard University. In the last several years, she’s written two books on physics for a general audience (those of us who did NOT major in science in college). She has a new book coming out soon, and right now her first two books are on sale for $1.99 each for Kindle.
Warped Passages : Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe’s Hidden Dimensions (2009) talks about recent advances in physics in general and also the possibility that our universe may hold more than the three dimensions we currently recognize.
Knocking on Heaven’s Door: How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World (2011) talks about recent advances in physics and the role of science in our lives.