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Small Fry

by Lisa Brennan-Jobs

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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 a childhood spent between two imperfect but extraordinary homes. Scrappy, wise, and funny, young Lisa is an unforgettable guide through her parents' fascinating and disparate worlds. Part portrait of a complex family, part love letter to California in the seventies and eighties, Small Fry is an enthralling book by an insightful new literary voice."--Provided by publisher.… (more)
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Thank you Small Fry. You gave your views on growing up coping with difficulties that would have crippled some. I related to many connections you made between you and your parents lives. Thank you for such an insightful view of your memories. Wishes for your wellness. ( )
  bunny0055 | Sep 24, 2020 |
Interesting insight into Steve Jobs and his family life. The flow of the story seemed disjointed at times, jumping from one scene to another without transition. I did like Lisa's descriptive writing passages and am curious if she will be working on another book soon. ( )
  carolfoisset | Jul 24, 2020 |
I liked reading the insider dish on Steve Jobs, sounds like a pretty mediocre dad... Thought this book was very well written, a quick read & pretty fascinating. Lots of Northern CA Bay Area setting. ( )
  Rachael_SJSU | Jul 11, 2020 |
Insightful and honest. The review featured on the cover by Phillip Lopate calls it "clear-eyed" and "unsentimental", adjectives of which I was reminded each time I picked up the book. What a man; what a daughter. ( )
  piquareste | Jun 3, 2020 |
I thought this was a fascinating look at the real Steve Jobs as seen through the life and experiences of his daughter Lisa Brennan-Jobs. This would be a good read even if her father was not one of the most famous people of our time, because Lisa can really write. Her descriptions of the landscapes, people, and places are vivid and original. She describes her thoughts, recounts conversations and emotions authentically and skillfully. What saddened me was how Lisa just wanted Steve to love her and acknowledge her as his daughter, and it takes nearly the entire book before she gets some recognition from him. So this is both a coming-of-age memoir and a portrait of the co-founder of Apple, a beautifully written story of family, love and identity. ( )
  PhyllisReads | Sep 27, 2019 |
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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 a childhood spent between two imperfect but extraordinary homes. Scrappy, wise, and funny, young Lisa is an unforgettable guide through her parents' fascinating and disparate worlds. Part portrait of a complex family, part love letter to California in the seventies and eighties, Small Fry is an enthralling book by an insightful new literary voice."--Provided by publisher.

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