I just received an autographed copy of
Text Processing in Python (a book) from David Mertz (Thanks David; great service!). While the content of this book is available (in ascii format) on the author's website, I find that there is nothing like having a copy in hand, especially when it is a good quality paperback (as expected from Addison Wesley).
There is a lot of material in that book; while I am an avid reader, I suspect that it will take me quite a while to get through it. If you can't wait to learn more about this book, you might want to have a look at