Cowboy, the book we used, and still do if we want a refresher, is by Annie Proulx. Don't recall the exact title, but it's certainly got the word "Cider" in it. The whole process is fun, and just like smoking, you can get by with a minimum of equipment, or have a gadget for everything.
As for yeasts, another go-to is cote de blanc. We played around with ale yeasts, but the results were mixed.