I picked this little gem up at the local library recently and I highly recommend it. Five hundred and ninety-eight pages of everything about quilting. The author, Meg Cox, is very thorough in her research and it shows. The author writes for the Wall Street Journal and spent a number of years on the book. She covers history, tools and technology, fabric, teachers, shows, retreats, and museums, just to name a few. It's a great resource for info on the web. It's beginner friendly, but it's more than that. I think all quilters, no matter their skill level, will find many things useful and interesting in the book.
I peeked ahead and saw that the last third has tips and a number of projects, can't waitto get to that! Even though it is intended as a resource book, I find that I am reading it page by page. It is simply amazing. I am definitely buying this for myself. My only complaint, I wish the publisher had printed it as a larger book maybe with a spiral binding, but then that would have increased the price.