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The first three books below are concerned with naked-eye astronomy. They are excellent introductory books if you are just beginning to learn your way around the sky and don't have a telescope or binoculars.
40 Nights to Knowing the Sky
40 Nights to Knowing the Sky: A Night-By-Night Skywatching Primer
by Fred Schaaf

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365 Starry Nights
365 Starry Nights: An Introduction to Astronomy for Every Night of the Year
by Chet Raymo

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Secrets of the Night Sky
Secrets of the Night Sky: The Most Amazing Things in the Universe You Can See With the Naked Eye
by Bob Berman

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These two observing guides for beginners are rapidly becoming classics. Both do a great job of teaching you how to find objects in the night sky.
Turn Left at Orion
Turn Left at Orion: A Hundred Night Sky Objects to See in a Small Telescope—And How to Find Them
by Guy Consolmagno and Dan M. Davis

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NightWatch
NightWatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe
by Terence Dickinson, et al

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Phil Harrington's Star Ware is simply the very best guide to buying astronomy equipment. It is comprehensive and detailed and even offers some do-it-yourself projects. Highly recommended!
Star Ware
Star Ware: The Amateur Astronomer's Ultimate Guide to Choosing, Buying, and Using Telescopes and Accessories
by Philip S. Harrington

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