Lon Kruger makes time in his busy schedule to read. "But I don't get to read as much as I'd like," Kruger said. And it isn't coaching books or playbooks that top his list.
"I just finished 'Days of Grace,' by Arthur Ashe -- a really good book," Kruger said. "He's an outstanding individual who had his priorities in good order. I've also just started Colin Powell's book ['My American Journey'].
I'm looking forward to getting into [Powell's] conflict years. I also enjoyed Pat Riley's book, 'Winner Within.' It offers good insight into coaching, but I like the biographies more and prefer those to the coaching books."
"Author interviews are a regular part of 'The Afternoon Magazine'
on WILL-AM (580), so I read a great deal. Two books that we featured on
the program this summer spring to mind as I think of good summer reading.
Both are autobiographical, and I plan on re-reading them.
"The first book's title is 'Happy Days -- My Mother, My Father, My Sister, and Me.' It is journalist Shana Alexander's memoir of her fascinating show-biz family. Her father, Milt Ager, wrote some of Tin Pan Alley's big hits, including 'Happy Days Are Here Again.' Alexander's mother, Cecilia, was a screenwriter and wrote for 'Variety.' "The second book is 'Confessions of an Igloo Dweller' by artist and writer James Houston. He lived in the Canadian Arctic from 1947 to 1962 and is credited with bringing Inuit art to the Southern world. It is a page turner. Houston thought his first visit would run a few days; it was five-months long. After his years living with the Inuit, he headed to Manhattan to work as a glass designer for Stueben.
"In addition to reading in preparation for the program, I read recreationally each night. It helps me relax. I love mysteries and historical novels. The mystery I'm about to pick up is the latest from Deborah Crombie, 'Mourn Not Your Dead.' Crombie, a native of Texas, lived in England for a number of years and that's where her stories are set. The heroes, Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Sergeant Gemma James.
"Crombie, by the way, will be on 'The Afternoon Magazine' July 23 with another mystery writer, Neil McGaughey. Mixing business with pleasure!"