I think you might have been looking for something more along the lines of CSS Mastery, Beginning CSS, or Pro CSS Techniques which provide real world examples and techniques. That wasn't really the premise behind Transcending CSS (As stated by the author in the very beginning of the book).
I would recommend the same books I listed above - Beginning CSS Web Development by Simon Collison, Pro CSS Techniques by Jeff Croft, Ian Lloyd, and Dan Rubin, CSS Mastery by Andy Budd, and Bulletproof Web Design by Dan Cederholm. These books give a great foundation and begin to spark your creativity. They focus on real world examples and approaches. Transcending CSS is not bad compared to those books, it is simply a different approach.
Hope that helps....
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