Does a great job of showing how all the parts of jQuery fit together and demonstrates important concepts.
jQuery in Action, Third Edition, is a fast-paced guide to jQuery, focused on the tasks you?ll face in nearly any web dev project. In it, you?ll learn how to traverse the DOM, handle events, perform animations, write jQuery plugins, perform Ajax requests, and even unit test your code. Its unique Lab Pages anchor each concept in real-world code. This expanded Third Edition adds new chapters that teach you how to interact with other tools and frameworks and build modern single-page web applications.
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The best-thought-out and researched piece of literature on the jQuery library.
For three editions now, this is the only jQuery book I recommend to my clients, period.