Wendy D. Johnson was kind enough to appear on my podcast last April.
Wendy Knits was her first book. Now, she also has Socks from the Toe Up and Toe-Up Socks For Every Body. You can get links to them all on her website.
I haven't seen her other books, but I think this would be an easy one to overlook on the store's shelf. It's not a coffee-table book. It doesn't have hundreds of glossy photos, but it's worth having.
Wendy writes with humor and wit. She shares her failures and her success. She has simple, easy-to-understand projects for the beginner as well as more refined ideas for more advanced knitters.