Oh, er. I recommend tons of books, but off the top of my head:
- Small Stakes Hold'em (Miller/Sklansky/Malmuth) - this will whip your game in shape.
- Theory of Poker (Sklansky). This will make you understand poker.
- Hold'em Poker for Advanced Players (Sklansky/Malmuth). This is more solid hold'em. SSHE is aimed at loose games where people play poorly, but HPFAP will presumably last all the way up to $40/$80. I wouldn't know - I'm at $2/$4 myself :P
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After that, focus on getting the basics of preflop play down. SSHE will help with that. Don't get too fancy, stick with the good hands and raise when you have the better of it. Preflop play isn't difficult, but it's frequently screwed up.
If you play solidly preflop, and you're not a complete idiot once the flop hits, you should be at least break-even at this point at the microlimit tables (< $.50/$1). Then work on getting a couple of thousands hands of experience coupled with working on understanding the books you bought.
As a bonus tip, an exercise:
After each session, find a hand you played that you think is a good example of a concept that you've read about in one of the books (semibluff, value betting, bluff stopping, bluff inducing, etc.) and post it in the Hand Analysis forum and ask for opinions. "My raise on the flop was for value, since..." or "I checked on the river to induce a bluff." Let others analyze the hand for you and tell you if you've got the concept right.
And, as always, any questions you have, post away.
Edit: And flattery will get you a long way.