TBB1 is one of my most used books, for more than bows. Paul Comstock wrote a very short but very useful and informative booklet. It is inexpensive and talks about alternative (to Osage & Yew) bow woods.
I would not recommend Yew for a beginner unless you have access to it for not cost, not likely in AZ. Bow wood in AZ could be a challenge to find. Juniper can make a very good bow but finding a piece long and straight enough might require some effort. I’m just speculating here but the oaks in S.AZ might work. Can’t remember if AZ has Mountain Maple but that will make a bow. Ironwood maybe?
A beginners Osage stave from an experienced dealer is a good start. Have fun!