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Terri Cheney's well-received 2009 memoir Manic charted her sharply veering life as an adult bipolar. The Dark Side of Innocence unfolds the even more dramatic and harrowing story growing up with a mind that seemed to have a mind of its own. As a child, Terri bolted from obsession to obsession, with her moods swinging wildly between suicidal depression and ecstatic self-release. Neither her parents nor this troubled little girl had a clear notion of what the exact problem was, much less how to cure it, so Cheney soldiered on, improvising on hurricane of energy. Her vivid descriptions of her experiences redeem what would otherwise be painful reading. Editor's recommendation.