i`m sure there are comprehensive books out there. applying stucco requires a level of skill that involves so many different facets i wouldn`t know how a book could impart it to u in totum. there`s skill in the use of a hawk or trowel, even a skill at being able to tell when a certain mix is going to run depending on sun, wind temp., humidity. best advice is to do u`re research and then practice. work at it long enough and you`ll become professional at it. a little on hand tutoring goes a long ways too.