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CHARLESTON – The Charleston Reading Circle began its 133rd year with a Zoom reunion on October 1. Members received gift bags to enjoy in lieu of fall tea.

Lou Conwell reviewed the book “Exploring the Land of Lincoln: The Essential Guide to Illinois Historic Sites” by local author Charles Titus.

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The book is a historical locator guide for the state of Illinois. It is organized chronologically and divided into four distinct regions: North, Center, South, and Chicago. The guide is easy to read and the author poetic in his descriptions. Titus wrote a short prologue for each section of the book to help place historic sites in the context of the events of history.

The book also contains an extremely well researched appendix which includes additional sites in areas the reader can explore and notes to encourage the reader to learn more. Many historic sites are close enough to be visited on a day trip from Charleston.

The second meeting of the year was organized by Zoom on October 15th. Carolyn Stephens reviewed the book “Confessions of a Sociopath: A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight” by ME Thomas.

This book is a memoir of a sociopath, a true story according to the best memories of the author whose pseudonym is Mrs. ME Thomas to protect her identity.

Her story is told through the prism of how the author sees the world, which includes her megalomania (seeking power and dominating others), her focus, and her lack of understanding of the inner world of others.

The book opened our eyes to how we label people with a personality disorder, which gives us a prejudicial judgment of that person and a judgment on how that person acts and will act in the future. . This is not a justified determination when you look at studies on personality disorders. You can’t judge a book by its cover.

Janice Kahl reviewed “DBT for Dummies” by Gillian Galen and Blaise Aguirre.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) describes one of the most popular – and effective – treatments for mental health problems resulting from uncontrollable emotions.

Combining elements of cognitive behavioral therapy with the oriental practice of mindfulness, DBT was initially used clinically to treat the suffering associated with borderline personality disorder, but has now been shown to be effective in many other conditions. non-clinical mental stress.

The practice of DBT can help those who face everything from daily challenges to severe psychological distress. This book and the ideas within its pages can help readers better regulate their emotions, interact effectively with people, deal with stressful situations, and use mindfulness in everyday life. It is certainly reading for anyone in these pandemic and polarized times.

The next Charleston Reading Circle meeting will be at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, November 5.

Luz Whittenbarger will criticize “Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer” by Steven Johnson and Mary Helen Mertz will criticize “My Remarkable Journey” by Katherine Johnson.

For more information, contact Mary Jorstad at 217-871-5129.


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