I've been buying a lot of knitting books recently in an effort to improve my knowledge and skills. Some have been good, while others have been disappointing. I figured I'd write up a few opinions on my most recent acquisitions.
The Knitting Answer Book by Margaret Radcliffe
Overall impression: Very limited audience
This books claims to have "Solutions to Every Problem You'll Ever Face" and "Answers to Every Question You'll Ever Ask." These are big claims, and unsurprisingly the book fails to deliver.
There is good information in the book, but most of it is very basic stuff. Even with only a couple months knitting experience, there is not much I can learn from it. The book in written in a question and answer format which is very readable, but makes it less useful as a reference.
All in all, it strikes me as this book is useful for three kinds of knitters: First, those that are just learning and don't know much beyond the basic knit and purl. Second, knitters that only do a project once in awhile, and need something to prod their memory about how things work. Finally, it strikes me as being useful for knitters that are going to teach a class, to remind themselves about some of the basics that are so second nature to them that they don't even think to explain them.