Teach yourself visually is a good book to have if you are not familiar with a stitch and need to see how it is done. It is perfect for the first time learner, or for those who are trying to brush up on a stitch they have not done in awhile. Below is a sample page on how to execute a brick stitch.
After you go through the book and learn all the stitches there are two chapters with beginner and intermediate projects you can try. I also love the fact that there is a chapter on jewelry finishing techniques. For someone who is always trying to figure out a creative way to end a project this came in handy.
I recommend this book to anyone who has started beading or just wants to add a few new stitches under their belt and experiment with a new technique.