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Martha Manning‘s ability to document her irrational thoughts in a candid and sometimes humorous manner makes Undercurrents: A Therapist’s Reckoning With Her Own Depression an engaging, if anxious, read. Manning discovers she’s clinically depressed when, evaluating a patient for the same disorder, she realizes that she herself meets all the proffered criteria. After psychotherapy and pharmacotheraphy fail, the therapist turns to ECT—shock therapy. The feeling of hopelessness that permeates the book abates toward the end, when Manning, returning from a post-ECT monastic retreat, is overcome by the smell of fresh bread from a roadside stand and, savoring the oven-warm loaves, realizes it’s one of the happiest moments she’s ever known. Manning reads at 7:30 p.m. at Border’s, 5871 Crossroads Center Way, Bailey’s Crossroads. FREE. (703) 998-0404. (CP)