Readers already familiar with jQuery might be wondering how quickly this book was put together, considering the version in the title was only released this past January. However jQuery has been in testing for several months and since author Karl Swedberg is a member of the jQuery Project Team so it's a safe bet he had some idea what was coming in 1.3, like the the new .live() binding options covered in one of the break-out boxes that dot the book.
What is jQuery?
What can you do with it?
How do you do it?
After these chapters comes a set on how to manipulate tables, forms and adding dynamic elements to a page (shufflers and rotators). These are quite in-depth and show the authors have a range of knowledge of how to use jQuery effectively. The last two chapters cover plug-ins-- both how to write them and some of the more useful ones out there, including a brief introduction to the jQuery UI library.