"Art of Seed Beading"
"Art of Seed Beading," by Elizabeth Gourley, Jane Davis and Ellen Talbott, is one the first beading books I bought. I like any book that shows me projects I hadn't considered before, such as beading a photo frame or knitting with beads. (I learned how to knit so that I could make the coin purse in this book. I have yet to make it, though.)
It's also easy to thumb through to find the information you're looking for. When I was working on the door hanger for my daughter's room, I used this book to determine that I not only had the wrong stitch but it also helped me figure out which stitch was best for what I was trying to do.