A Pocket Guide to Knots, Hitches and Bends. 128 pages, by the felicitously named Jim Whippy. Includes clear instructions and step-by-step illustrations for all of the knots you need for a lifetime of rigging Chesapeake Light Craft sailboats or other smallcraft.
It's the best illustrated and most comprehensive knot book we've ever seen, but it's also concise and compact and very easy to navigate. Too many knot books were written by old salts, for old salts, with long detours into long-splicing, marlinspikes, tarred rope, and procedures that are out of place on modern sailboats. This is a thoroughly up-to-date book with all the jargon and outmoded technique left ashore.