Anyone who features and photographs my beloved SF Bay Area has my heart. And I can’t think of anyone who’s done it more lovelier than Melissa Davis and Kristen Loken. This is Oakland is their soon-to-debut travel book and local guide featuring a collection of short stories and gorgeous photography of the unique faces and places that make up the vibrant neighborhoods of Oakland. Not only is their work stunning, but I share much love for many of the folks, shops, and restaurants they feature—many of which I’ve covered on my own site as well. But they’re featuring well over 80 of them specifically in Oakland, so I’m definitely turning to this book for some inspiration. And last year the New York Times ranked Oakland as #5 in their list of “45 Places to Visit”—beating even NYC, LA and SF…imagine that!