Tom Sloper: https://www.sloperama.com/mahjongg/ My MJ Guru! His weekly strategy column is great for beginners. The Q & A Bulletin Board provides a place to ask Tom your question. He normally replies very quickly.
"American Mah Jongg for Everyone" http://americanmahjonggforeveryone.com/ The newest book on beginning Mah Jongg. This is a must for any beginner or teacher. Gregg Swain and Toby Salk have written this landmark book that is informative, creative and has a sense of humor. Great graphics and pictures by Gregg's husband Woody.
Mah Jongg: The Art of the Game http://www.mahjonggtheartofthegame.com/ "Mah Jongg: The Art of the Game is the first book to fully capture the story of the exotic and exciting game of Mah Jongg, offering an intimate look at the history of the game as well as the visual beauty of the tiles." You will love the beautiful photos of so many different sets!