there's lots of suggestions for physics books in the informal bibliography i put together. they're popular level books that don't assume an existing familiarity with the subject.
i would specifically suggest Brian Greene's books and Sean Carroll's book.
totally agree on his Universe from Nothing. it's great stuff.
yeah, it was a great "get" for us. had to get past his assistant first in order to get the interview.
glad you're as excited as we are. :)
Some of it can be a bit over your head. Especially when they're talking about specific ideas and current research. Overall though, Sean Carroll is a riot when he writes about social and political issues (plus he's a devout atheist).