My local bookstores don't have much in the way of sailing/maritime books
so it makes trying to learn about all this stuff a bit of a challenge, but when there is something that looks promising (and doesn't cost a hundred bucks) I try to pick it up.
I found this book:
I have to say it's really well written and the information is very nicely laid out and explained in simple straightforward English
. It's not dumbed down to complete layman's terms, but it is explained thoroughly enough that just in the first hundred pages I have found explanations for many things that have always had me a bit confused.
Anyway, it was $29 at B&N and looks to be a bit lower on amazon