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I thought that I would bring these to the forefront so that you could have easy access to them.
I am also partial to the O'Reilly "Animal Books" I have found everyone of their books that I have encountered to be quite useful so here is their main link:
Also... Take a look at Book Reviews and see what Perl Monks have to say about Perl related books.
Anyway good luck... I am certain that you will find your fellow Perl Monks to be a great resource! I know I have!