I may be a little late regarding this thread, however I came across a couple of gems of books that steared me in the right direction.
"Texas Hold'em for Dummies" by Mark Harlan (no seriously it is an execptional book for the uninitiated)
"The Illustrated Guide to Texas
Hold'em" by Dennis Purdy (there is one for limit and no limit) and
"Every Hand Revealed" by Gus Hansen. This book is a hand by hand description of how Gus Hansen won the Aussie Millions tournament in 2007. This book opened my eyes to poker plays I had never dreamed about and widened my hand range phenomenally.
I recommend beginners read all of the above before investing their hard earned cash into this harsh mistress of a game.