Originally Posted by achromat
Books are great for teach you the basics so if you are not even at a 'basic' level then they are a great way to start. At some point the best way to learn is to try to emulate the images that you LOVE. Ultimately there are thousands of different subjects and situations and no book will teach you to be expert in each.
However, like Disco, books are dead. Go to blurtube for specific examples as every man and his dog wants his/her 5 minutes of fame (reduced from 15min in this digital era) so there are thousands of lighting examples online.
The book of life.
Jk. In my experience lighting is the most difficult thing to learn from a book. Though it can't hurt.
Christopher Grey, "Master Lighting Guide for Portrait Photographers" (recommended by Kirk Tuck of VSL). Straightforward explanations with setup diagrams and images demonstrating the variations. A handy guide.