I've always been an avid reader. And there seems no shortage of books that help inform my appraisal practice . Along with book titles I am also sharing tools of the trade that will help you start and manage your art collection. Full disclosure: As an affiliate, I receive compensation if you purchase through the links below.
The Appraisal Foundation offers free consumer friendly brochures about the personal property appraisal process.
Let's explore Alan Bamberger's The Art of Buying Art for a good overview to get started.
The evolution of my study in African American art began with it's history, African American Art (Patton) and Black Art: A Cultural History (Powell), and evolved to Collecting African American Art (Taha). Today, you'll want to keep abreast of collections focusing on young black artists (Sargent) abstract art (Joyner Giuffrida) and leading museum collections (Studio Museum of Harlem).
I tend to stick with the survey text in American art for quick reference but this recent book on collecting and connoisseurship of American art is intriguing.