Small Fry

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 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.
Publisher: New York :, Grove Press,, 2018
Edition: First edition, First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition
ISBN: 9780802128232
0802128238
Branch Call Number: 818.603 Brennan-Jobs
Characteristics: xii, 381 pages :,illustrations ;,24 cm

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GracieLucy
Jul 29, 2019

Sad. He seemed to be needy. She seemed to be needy, but handled it better. She had a total jerk for a father.

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mikearmstrong149
Jul 18, 2019

Tuesday June 9, 2020 Evergreen Book Club

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JeanieG
Jul 10, 2019

I happened to pick this up when I wasn't even looking for something to read. I have not seen the Steve Jobs movie or read the biography but of course I know a little about his life and had heard something about the daughter he had denied was his. So it was extremely interesting reading this memoir of sorts.

The author tells about her life only so much as it involved her father. She had a lot of other things going on but this is mainly about her relationship with him. There are some parts about her mother - but they seem to be there because it relates to her father. She relays many facts and situations - and sometimes talks about how she felt when things happened and didn't happen. I found it fascinating. And strange. And sad.

A good read. Maybe I'll read the biography some day. There is also a book that Lisa Brennan-Jobs' mother wrote that I am currently reading.

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jya3
Jun 29, 2019

Usually I don't read anything related to Mr. Jobs but this memoir was interesting.
You can be creative and earn a ton of cash and be clueless about your impact on your own kid.
The denial aspect of this story is bewildering. I mean why would Mr. Jobs deny his own kid? He seems to have been limited emotionally and insecure as well.
I was unimpressed by Mr. Jobs and more than a bit surprised by his use of his daughter as a free baby sitter when she lived with him. Controlling her with his money while she went to school failed because of the intervention of his neighbors. Certainly this aspect of Mr. Jobs indicates a vindictive streak that's also weird. Why would a man who had everything do this junk to his own kid?

This story was worth reading. Certainly it revealed me that having a wealthy father isn't all it's supposed to be.

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pattyskypants
Jun 04, 2019

This adds to the Jobs Lore but it is interesting to read about her responses to being rejected by her biological father. I wish that her mother would also write about her experience. All in all, it is a disturbing tale but not surprising. The writing is very good.

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SavannahElyse
May 14, 2019

I generally avoid celebrity memoirs, but Lisa Brennan-Jobs is an excellent and honest storyteller. I found this book through NPR, and I am grateful to have given it a try. Brennan-Jobs's thoughts and memories all tie together into perfect little stories and anecdotes- every word of her memoir captured my attention. This is not at all a book about Steve Jobs, but the story of a girl eager to grasp her father's attention.

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Indoorcamping
Apr 24, 2019

It's been a week since I finished this and I can't get it out of my head. Honestly, I didn't want to read it in the first place, as who cares about Steve Jobs' daughter? He was SUCH a jerk.

Anyone who lived during the time when Steve Jobs was the Jesus of Apple heard more than we ever wanted to know about Steve Jobs. Living in Silicon Valley, working in tech, you could pass by a colleague's office and overhear a new story about how nasty Steve Jobs was to his employees, his friends, and especially his family. Worse, everybody wanted to BE Steve Jobs. But since they couldn't, they decided to copy the traits they could emulate: being nasty. So a lot of guys, mostly, became huge assholes because they wanted to be like Steve Jobs. Try being female in tech in that environment.

The author, however, is so compelling in person and especially on podcasts. She seemed normal, delightful even. She was worth listening to, which I would not have guessed after having a lifetime of Jobs in my head. Somehow the book came across my desk and I thought, "Okay, I'll read a page or two so I can say I did. But I'm not happy about it."

Two days later, I finished it and cried. I'm still shaken.

It's not really a Steve Jobs book. It's certainly not a Steve Jobs tell-all. Underneath it all is a story of fathers and daughters, of broken families, of rich and poor, of little things that children remember that stick with them through their lives, making that hole in their hearts ever painful, like a bruise whenever it gets bumped.

That seems like something you would not want to experience, but you would. You should. You are human, you have family or friends or live with people or have colleagues or interact with people who are hurt, broken, have holes in their souls that they are constantly trying to fill. This is a story about that, and about how to fill that gaping vacuum in your heart where your family should be. And it is the best thing I've read this year.

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bethgarza24
Mar 15, 2019

NYT 10 Best 2018

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Stresstested
Mar 12, 2019

Audiobook review: Even listening to it, I stopped between a third and halfway and returned it. Just boring.

mazinwhistler Mar 12, 2019

Not knowing much about Steve Jobs prior to reading this book, I found the story fascinating. Brennan-Jobs is great writer and in turn this was an easy book to read. It is a very factual memoir that invoked a range of emotions in me about both her parents' parenting styles and choices. It reminds me that children are innocent and it is the responsibility of the parents to parent and take responsibility for those they bring into the world.

I found this book a page-turner and really enjoyed learning about Steve Jobs via his daughter Lisa. It has propelled me to now read the Steve Jobs biography itself.

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JENNIFERES
Jan 09, 2019

"You've got to trust in your life," my father said, ... "If you trust your intuition, and listen to it, it will speak louder. ... (p. 320)

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JENNIFERES
Jan 09, 2019

I joined the debate team. It was one more thing I might do to get into college, and like the other activities I did for that purpose, it consumed me until I'd forgotten why I started to do it in the first place. (p. 299)

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JENNIFERES
Jan 09, 2019

When I was reading, I was not lonely or self-aware. I felt upheld by the stories. I read a whole stack of fiction at one time, alternating between books so I could finish all of them together, the multiple endings crashing around me like the cymbals in a musical finale. When I stopped reading, I felt lonely again, like a window had been thrown open. (p. 276)

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