Hopefully beginners will find the following useful as a starting point, if others have some good links please ad them to this post.
Professional Node.js - Pedro Teixeira
Node: up and running (online) - http://chimera.labs.oreilly.com/books/1234000001808/index.html
Developing Backbone.js Applications (Addy Osmani) - http://addyosmani.github.io/backbone-fundamentals/
Misc application examples