Stargazing is addictive in a good way: the more you do it, the better you get, and the more you want to learn. So even the rankest amateur will begin to build a reference library that will be consulted again and again.
We have several very good books that help us identify heavenly bodies and learn specifics about our corner of the galaxy. This book is a little different: the late Julius D. W. Staal offers the stories behind the stars, an approach that addresses the cultural, rather than the scientific, aspect of constellations.
And as for cultural, it's really more "multi-cultural." Every society on Earth has gazed up at the Milky Way and developed lore and legends describing the drama of the firmament. Most guides that mention constellations use Greco-Roman mythology and names. Interesting, but limiting. What did the Chinese call Orion? What did the Navajo have to say about Cassiopeia ?
You won't need this book out in the field, but it's fun to page through as you become more familiar with the constellations.
Staal published an earlier version of this book meant for people viewing from Britain, and this edition was published after his death. I am sure he would have been happy with the final product, though.
If you're at all interested in astronomy, this is a book you should have on your shelf.