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BOOK REVIEW: "100 Things To Do In Oklahoma City Before You Die"

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EDMOND, Okla. – Angela Botzer boasts a genuine love for the Sooner State in her first novel 100 Things To Do In Oklahoma City Before You Die. Each page tells a new—although, most are vintage—story, from the national landmarks to each diamond in the rough she uncovers. This Washington, D.C. native has taken her passion for travel and storytelling and provides a great guide for newbies and natives.

The book is part of a series by St. Louis-based publisher Reedy Press featuring major U.S. cities. Published in October 2016, her book is up-to-date and touches on many of the must-do’s in metro.

“Organized into five larger subjects,” Botzer writes, “There is food and drink, great music and entertainment, fun sports and recreation, Oklahoma culture and history, and eclectic shopping.”

“I wanted to feature attractions in my book that native Oklahoma Cityans might not know about—the cultural, ethnic aspects and hidden, out of the way places.” 

Much like her paleontology blog, Botzer takes a new look at old finds. An example is “to do” #14—drop in to Eischen’s Bar, Oklahoma’s oldest, 40 miles south in Okarche. One of the best kept small town secrets, Eischen’s “legendary” fried chicken is a drive Botzer recommends making. Her tidbits on Guy Fieri’s attempt to get the Eischen family’s secret breading recipe and the helpful hint that they only accept cash are all added flair consistent throughout the book.

You can lead a horse to water, and that’s exactly what Botzer does while touching on music and entertainment. The Loony Bin’s open mic night, Carpenter Square Theatre’s open auditions and other advice is given and seems to be a common theme.

Her cultural finds make the book a classic guide for visitors. A summary of historic Guthrie, little known facts about the great blue herons you’ll spot at Martin Park Nature Center, plus more museums than one could count.


  • As a transplant, Botzer’s guide to Oklahoma City is a must-have and great to grab for a weekend getaway.
  • Foodies will love this! There are more than 20 great gems just for your taste buds.

Botzer’s guide was so good that I’ll forgive her for using the serial comma. 

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