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These three nonfiction books by Tampa Bay area authors delve into local history.

Cocktail Noir: From Gangsters and Gin Joints to Gumshoes and Gimlets (Reservoir Square Books) by Scott Deitche, author of several nonfiction books about the Mafia in Tampa, here turns his knowledge of true crime into recipes for mobsters' favorite drinks.

Hidden History of St. Petersburg (History Press) by Will Michaels looks at both distant history, like the Maximo Park Indian mounds, and more recent events like Babe Ruth's and Al Capone's visits to the city.

Skyway: The True Story of Tampa Bay's Signature Bridge and the Man Who Brought It Down (University Press of Florida) by Bill DeYoung is a meticulously reported, compellingly written and sometimes surprising account of the 1980 disaster.

Colette Bancroft, Times book editor

Notable: Read locavore 07/14/16 [Last modified: Thursday, July 14, 2016 10:19am]
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