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Kidder's life has been…intense… thanks to a lifelong struggle with manic depression. But things got really weird in 1996 when a computer virus erased three years of work on her memoir. When a file retrieval service told her all was lost, Kidder went from distressed to delusional. Convinced the CIA and her ex-husband novelist Thomas McGuane were trying to kill her, she threw away her purse in an airport because she thought there was a bomb in it and wound up living for a few days with a homeless man named Charlie in a cardboard box in downtown L.A.