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Small Fry

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A frank, smart and captivating memoir by the daughter of Apple founder Steve Jobs.

Born on a farm and named in a field by her parents—artist Chrisann Brennan and Steve Jobs—Lisa Brennan-Jobs’s childhood unfolded in a rapidly changing Silicon Valley. When she was young, Lisa’s father was a mythical figure who was rarely present in her life. As she grew older, her father took an interest in her, ushering her into a new world of mansions, vacations, and private schools. His attention was thrilling, but he could also be cold, critical and unpredictable. When her relationship with her mother grew strained in high school, Lisa decided to move in with her father, hoping he’d become the parent she’d always wanted him to be.

Small Fry is Lisa Brennan-Jobs’s poignant story of childhood and growing up. Scrappy, wise, and funny, young Lisa is an unforgettable guide, marveling at the particular magic of growing up in this family, in this place and time, while grappling with her feelings of illegitimacy and shame. Part portrait of a complex family, part love letter to California in the seventies and eighties, Small Fry is an enthralling story by an insightful new literary voice.

From Publishers Weekly

Jun 11, 2018 – In her incisive debut memoir, writer Brennan-Jobs explores her upbringing as the daughter of Apple founder Steve Jobs and Chrisann Brennan, an artist and writer (the couple never married). The book opens with Jobs's deteriorating health from cancer, but the author quickly backtracks to her early childhood, filling in details of her birth (including Jobs's initial denial of paternity, a claim debunked through DNA testing). Brennan-Jobs's narrative is tinged with awe, yearning, and disappointment. Initially, Brennan-Jobs lived with her mother, who supplemented welfare with waitressing and cleaning houses. In time, Jobs became interested in his daughter, and in high school Brennan-Jobs lived with him, becoming the go-to babysitter for his son with his wife, Laurene Powell. Later, when Brennan-Jobs declined a family trip to the circus, Jobs, citing family disloyalty, asked her to move out and stopped payment on her Harvard tuition (a kindly friend offered aid, which Jobs later repaid). Bringing the reader into the heart of the child who admired Jobs's genius, craved his love, and feared his unpredictability, Brennan-Jobs writes lucidly of happy times, as well as of her loneliness in Jobs's spacious home where he refuses to bid her good-night. On his deathbed, his apology for the past soothes, she writes, "like cool water on a burn." This sincere and disquieting portrait reveals a complex father-daughter relationship.

Customer Reviews

Unbelievable (really)

This book is hard to read because the author is telling stories from when she was 2 and 3 at the beginning. I don’t buy it and wish I hadn’t bought it.

The beloved daughter

It’s clear through this story that Steve Jobs was a lost soul. He was deeply hurt when he felt “rejected” by his biological parents and carried that chip on his shoulder all his life.
He wanted to succeed to prove to the world that he could make it despite having been rejected as a baby, but in the process, he demanded unconditional love, affection and loyalty that he wasn’t willing to reciprocate. So much so that that he was like a black hole, sucking in everything, giving nothing.
Lisa was somebody that existed despite him. He didn’t decide on her existence and he resented her fo that. He was impossible cruel and unfair to her, but she always loved him and waited for him to love her back. At the end, too late maybe, he acknowledged how much he loved her, how much she was his beloved daughter. All was worth at the end. Of all his creations, Lisa (not the computer, the girl) was the real masterpiece.

Small Fry

If you’re interested in Steve Jobs, read this book.
If you are interested in family dynamics, read this book.

Small Fry
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  • $25.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: Sep 04, 2018
  • Publisher: Grove Atlantic
  • Seller: Perseus Books, LLC
  • Print Length: 400 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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