My favorite is "The Complete Sailor" by David Seidman. No color pcitures, just a lot of well-done sketches and good explanations of terminology.
Your nearby public library might have a good selection that you can check out. From those, you may come across one with content and style you particularly like which you can then buy. Also, amazon.com rates books, so you can see what others have to say. Most of them also have the contents and part of the text available on-line so you can see if the book addresses your priorities. And, as mentioned above, you can sometimes find them used at a much lower price.
I found this book to be very helpful for beginners. "Sports Illustrated Small Boat Sailing, A Complete Guide" by David and Brad Dellenbaugh. 1990, Time Inc., ISBN 0-452-26272-0. The bood assumes the reader knows nothing about sailing and covers the basics needed to get going. It was a lot of help when I was first learning to sail. There was a 12 year period when I was not able to sail until I recently bought a Capri 14. Now I am glad I kept the book as I still refer back to it. I hope you find a good one.