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Seems like 99% of what you find are nothing more than printed manpages. But if that's what you want, choices are everywhere.
If you want something different from a manpage rehash, check out Marcel Gagne's "Linux System Administration: A User's Guide".
I also like "Linux Server Hacks: 100 Industrial-Strength Tips and Tools" by Rob Flickenger.
Both of these were found in my suburban town's public library. Neither one is an A-Z reference, they pretty much expect you to already know or research the A-Z's seperately, but they are good books IMHO.
I think I would start with something that's more fun and games than a server handbook, or Linux in a Nutshell. If you get very deep, you'll need those soon enough. You can't get away from O'Reilly, tho.
For experimentation, try Linux Desktop Hacks, ... and as a nice terminal reference, Linux Pocket Guide