Art and Architecture

Skyway: The True Story of Tampa Bay’s Signature Bridge and the Man Who Brought It Down by Bill DeYoung

Skyway tells the entire story of the day a 600-foot, 20,000-ton freighter crashed into a support pier of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Through personal interviews and extensive research, Bill DeYoung pieces together the harrowing moments of the collision, including the first-person accounts of witnesses and survivors.

Tampa on My Mind edited by Kimberly Williams, Gregory Thomas, Ronald Williams, and Cheryl Borman

This book is an intimate photographic tour of Tampa that goes beyond the traditional attractions and views of the impressive city skyline. Divided into sections that illustrate distinct aspects of this world-class city, the book also includes a historical essay that chronicles the growth of Tampa over the past two centuries.

Ybor City Chronicles: A Memoir by Ferdie Pacheco

Pacheco’s Art of Ybor City by Ferdie Pacheco

In the bright muralist-style colors that have become his stock-in-trade, Pacheco renders a storehouse of memories too vivid ever to grow dull. Picture book, memoir, history lesson, and portrait of the artist, Pacheco’s Art of Ybor City is four books in one. Together they do what only art can: they turn memory, love, and nostalgia into a city you can visit.

Vintage Tampa Signs and Scenes by John V. Cinchett

 During the 1950s, the Cinchett Neon Sign Company came to be Tampa's best-known sign maker. When the city planned to build a zoo, the mayor asked Cinchett to design the new sign. Fried chicken king Colonel Sanders had the sign company create all the neon work for his first two Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants in Central Florida, and soon after, other reputable businesses came calling.

 

History and People of Tampa

From Saloons to Steak Hoses: A History of Tampa by Andrew t. Huse

This book delves into the culture of Tampa and traces the struggles that have played out in public spaces. Huse draws from local newspaper stories and firsthand accounts to show what authorities and city residents saw and believed about these establishments and the people who frequented them.

Tampa: Impressions of an Emigrant by Wenceslao Galvez y Delmonte

In 1896, Wenceslao Gálvez y Delmonte fled the violence of Cuba’s war for independence and settled in Tampa. Gálvez’s narrative mixes evocative descriptions with charming commentary to bring to life the early Cuban exile communities in Ybor City and West Tampa.

More Than Black: Afro-Cubans in Tampa by Susan D. Greenbaum

This engaging ethnography follows Cuban exiles from Jose Marti’s revolution to the Jim Crow South in Tampa, Florida, as they shape an Afro-Cuban-American identity over a span of five generations. This study views, from the vantage of a community unique in time and place, the joint effects of ethnicity and gender in shaping racial identities.

The Immigrant World of Ybor City: Italianx and Their Latin Neighbors in Tampa, 1885 – 1985 by Gary R. Mormino and George E. Pozzetta

This book tells the wonderful story of the vibrant community of Italians, Spaniards, and Cubans that grew up around the cigar industry in Tampa, Florida, at the dawn of the 20th century. The authors reveal a fascinating portrait of one of America’s most celebrated ethnic communities.

Tampa Bay’s Waterfront: Its History & Development by Arthur R. Savage, Rodney Kite-Powell

Learn how Tampa Bay's waterways have changed from the Ice Age to current day including potential future uses. Beautifully designed with rare maps, photos and other images from private and public collections to present a never before seen history of the Bay, the surrounding counties of Hillsborough, Pinellas and Manatee as well as their tributaries.

City of Tampa, Florida History on Signs by Ismail Kazem

This book presents a collection of photos of historical landmark signs snapped off the streets of downtown Tampa. It gives a snapshot of the neighborhood and the history of the city of Tampa. It is thought it would encourage the visitors of Tampa to stroll down its streets to enjoy the pleasant weather as they relate a location to its historical background. It is also a unique souvenir of the city!

A Guide to Historic Tampa by Steve Rajtar

Tampa--the town that began as a Civil War garrison, housed a cigar manufacturer's dream, and became a city oasis in paradise. Tampa is a spicy mix of cultures and traditions, some from as far away as the tip of South America--others as homegrown as the cigars from old Ybor City. Whether you want to discover the city's secrets, reminisce with the locals, or explore streets that retain the historic flavor of Old Florida, Author and local historian Steve Rajtar guides you through the history and historic sites of beautiful old Tampa, with wonderful vintage photographs and street-by-street details of "The Cigar City."

Deadly Deception: True Story of Tampa Serial Killer, Bobby Joe Long by J. T. Hunter

WARNING: This book contains several crime scene photos that are graphic in nature and may be very disturbing to some people. Do not proceed if under the age of 18 or are disturbed by scenes of death and violence. One after another, young women disappeared without a trace in the night. One by one, their brutalized bodies turned up, the macabre crime scenes suggesting they shared the same cruel fate. Abducted, bound, and raped, all fell prey to an unknown killer, all became the victims of a deadly deception. ** This book contains 34 photos.

Southern Discomfort: Women’s Activism in Tampa, Florida, 1880s – 1920s by Nancy A. Hewitt

Vitally linked to the Caribbean and southern Europe as well as to the Confederacy, the Cigar City of Tampa, Florida, never fit comfortably into the biracial mold of the New South. In Southern Discomfort, highly regarded historian Nancy A. Hewitt explores the interactions among distinct groups of women--native-born white, African American, Cuban and Italian immigrant women--that shaped women's activism in this vibrant, multiethnic city.

 

Fiction

Due Process by Catherine Arnold

A brutal murder in a posh Florida community turns one neighbor against the rest as a young female lawyer puts her own life on the life to defend a man accused of a murder he may not have committed.

Imperfect Justice by Catherine Arnold

Ignoring all warnings, Karen decides to defend alleged Mafia underboss Angelo Uccello. As she gets more involved with the case, threatening events begin to take place in her professional and personal life. Karen refuses to be beaten and she eventually discovers far more than she ever bargained for.

Wrongful Death by Catherine Arnold

Attorney Karen Perry makes her third appearance in a fast-paced legal thriller, when her brother, a U.S. senator, supposedly commits suicide and a videotape reveals a shocking secret, and as Karen attempts to clear his name, she is forced to choose between legal ethics and family devotion.

The Hunt for Justice Series by Diane Capri

Follow this series as Federal Judge Willa Carson, famous restaurant owner’s wife seeks justices in a variety of story lines.

 

For the Foodies

The Columbia Restaurant: Celebrating a Century of History, Culture, and Cuisine by Andrew T. Huse

The Columbia’s history is rich with stories of secret stashes of liquor, backroom deals with gangsters, waiters who never forgot an order, and business challenges. Keeping in mind why people fall in love with a restaurant, the book includes favorite recipes from across the years and hundreds of photographs.

 

For the Sports Fan

The Yucks: Two Years in Tampa with the Losingest Team in NFL History by Jason Vuic

Long before their first Super Bowl victory in 2003, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers did something no NFL team had ever done before and that none will ever likely do again: They lost 26 games in a row. It started in 1976, in their first season as an expansion team, and it lasted until the penultimate game of the 1977 season, when they defeated Archie Manning and the New Orleans Saints on the road. It was the beginning of a new streak for a team that had come to be called "The Yucks". They won their final game at home, and the fans tore down the goalposts. This was no ordinary streak. It was an existential curse that unfolded week after week, with Johnny Carson leading the charge on The Tonight Show. Along with their ridiculous mascot and uniforms, the Yucks were a national punch line and personnel purgatory.

 

Cigar Culture and History

Tampa Cigar Workers: A Pictorial History by Robert P. Ingalls and Louis A. Perez, Jr.

Focusing on the public spaces of work and society as well the private sphere of the home, Tampa’s Cigar Workers tells an inspiring and deeply moving story of how immigrant cigar workers from Cuba, Spain, and Italy carved out their space in Tampa while struggling to survive economically and defending their ideals and ways of life.

The Cigar Maker by Mark McGinty

Young Cuban rebel Salvador Ortiz and his family escape the hardship of war-torn Cuba, but the union halls, cigar factories, and dark alleys of Tampa are filled with violence and vendetta.

Cigar City Mafia: A Complete History of the Tampa Underworld by Scott M. Deitche

Bootleggers, gambling, ringleaders, arsonists, narcotics dealers and gang murders--a variety of characters flourished in the era known as Prohibition, and Tampa, Florida was where they battled for supremacy of the criminal underworld.

Tampa Cigar-making History

On April 13, 1886, the newly opened Sanchez y Haya cigar company on 7th Avenue became the first place in Ybor City to roll a cigar. Hand-rolled cigars quickly became the primary industry in Tampa Bay, earning the community its nickname: Cigar City.

Over the next 30 years, more than 200 hundred cigar factories rose up across the region, employing tens of thousands of people and turning what had been a tiny town in 1884 into a major metropolis by the turn of the 20th Century. At its peak, the cigar industry produce more than 500 million cigar a year and Tampa Bay cigars could be found in pool halls, board rooms and palaces around the world.

Julius Caeser Newman and his family fled the Austro-Hungarian Empire and settled in Cleveland, Ohio. He started rolling cigars in 1892 and began to work in a local factory.

Today, the J.C. Newman Cigar Factory aims to make about 65,000 cigars a day, working on hand-operated machines from 1931. You can tour the J. C. Newman cigar Factory, visit the museum, and even take a cigar-making class to learn to make your own hand rolled cigar.

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