I couldn't agree more. I can't think of one Perl book with decent examples. They are always snippets out of context, or the exception. I am not a full-time professional programmer, but I use Perl in my web work. I'm too old to go back to school and get all the theory, so I need step by step how to's.
CPAN docs are about as bad. I would never have made it without the good monks at the Monastery.
"The important work of moving the world forward does not wait to be done by perfect men." George Eliot