Is there a good quilt book or website that breaks it down for beginners?
I've only been quilting for six years, but the book I keep referring to is "Quilts! Quilts! Quilts!" by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes. I have a bunch of other quilting books, but I rarely open them.
Someone else will be able to better recommend a good quilting website. So far, I haven't found one that's been truly helpful with my quilting. I visit a quilting forum, but that's more for chat/venting than actual quilting help.
When I learned to quilt in 2001, I took a beginner class at my local quilt shop. Since then, I've taken several quilting classes at different shops. I have mixed feelings about taking classes. You really need to be a "people person" to endure them. Only you know that about yourself, so I can't really help you there.
Good luck on your new endeavor! Quilting can be fun sometimes, other times it can be a real PITA but at least you get a quilt out of it.