Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs

Small Fry

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, cri...

Details Small Fry

TitleSmall Fry
Release DateSep 4th, 2018
PublisherGrove Press
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Biography, Biography Memoir

Reviews Small Fry

  • Diane S ☔
    4.5 Well, I gobbled this one up in a few short days. As soon as I started reading this, I was fascinated and totally immersed in Lisa's story. Steve Jobs, Apple, not many happy not heard that too names. I don't use Apple products myself, don't even, voluntarily mind you, own a cell phone, but my daughter is an avid user. I'm just blown away by all the interesting non fiction being published right now. This one was garnering such great reviews fro...
  • Elyse Walters
    Audiobook....narrated by Eileen Stevens“I’m one of the most important people you will ever know”....Who talks like that? your 3 year old daughter? But ... it’s TRUE!!! Steve Jobs ‘was’ the most important person Lisa Brennan-Jobs knew growing up. He was her ‘daddy’. Can we laugh now?Of course we see the sadness. Lisa grew up in the distant shadows of one of the most well known names on the planet - computer genius - Steve Jobs...
  • Leslynn
    Copy courtesy of NetGalleySo, this book....... it's one of those which elicit strong emotions in a reader, especially a parent. There are times when you wonder why these people were allowed to be parents, why no-one smacked some sense into Steve & whateverthemothersnamewas, how did this child evolve into a somewhat coherent individual? Proof that:- intellect does not ensure good parenting (or even a mediocre attempt at it)- fame & money clearly d...
  • Rebecca McNutt
    In Small Fry, Lisa Brennan-Jobs laments on her nostalgic and at times quite bizarre childhood à la Mommie Dearest (although certainly not to the extent of defamation like the latter). The illegitimate daughter of technology mogul Steve Jobs, Lisa lived in idyllic California at a time where this was a place of dreamers and thinkers and the power of computers for the average consumer was being recognized. I wouldn't necessarily call this one of th...
  • librarianka
    This is a very well written and a very interesting memoir about the complex, distant father that Steve Jobs was to Lisa Brennan. The book joins its great predecessors such as the Educated: a memoir by Tara Westover or We are all shipwrecks: a memoir by Kelly Grey Carlisle that are non-fiction books that read like fiction. All the parts that make a great and compelling read are in place: an unusual and intriguing story, very high quality of writin...
  • Carolyn
    The headline of the NYT review referred to Steve Jobs as a "terrible dad" but the book is so much more than a smear of Jobs as a parent or human. He was, most certainly a difficult, deeply flawed human but in her beautiful memoir, Lisa Brennan-Jobs is graceful, not bitter. She reveals the wounds inflicted by both parents and her longing to belong in her two families, in school, and in a world she was too young to understand. Any child of divorced...
  • Ginger Bensman
    Small Fry is the story of a child longing to belong, a child constantly vigilant, looking to discern from the adults in her life what she needs to be and do, to be seen and valued and loved. And getting the signals right is no small task when both her parents are (emotionally) children, still desperately searching to find love and security and the missing pieces of themselves. Her father’s outsized success, casual cruelty, and warped understand...
  • Meggan
    This book really makes you understand that people are complicated. Just because they are famous, or intelligent, etc., doesn't mean that success is going to translate into all aspects of their lives.
  • Jen
    I didn't love it. I didn't hate it. This was pretty bland and boring. I wouldn't recommend this with so many other great memoirs out there
  • Riva Sciuto
    "For a long time I hoped that if I played one role, my father would take the corresponding role. I would be the beloved daughter; he would be the indulgent father. I decided that if I acted like other daughters did, he would join in the lark. We’d pretend together, and in pretending we’d make it real. If I had observed him as he was, or admitted to myself what I saw, I would have known that he would not do this, and that a game of pretend wou...
  • Cherise Wolas
    This is an intriguing coming-of-age/family story, but I disagree with the reviewers who believe that the fact that the father in question was Steve Jobs is irrelevant. It's what makes this book especially interesting. For all his brilliance and on-and-off charisma, he was cold and sanctimonious, withholding, profoundly awkward and, at times, wildly inappropriate. And saw exactly how his life would unfold, and it unfolded that way. Does brilliance...
  • Julie Garner
    I received an advanced reading copy of this book.Interesting memoir from the daughter Steve Jobs. It is a moving story if a young girl absolutely desperate for love from her family and at times finding it extremely hard to get that from either parent.Right from the word go, her father denies her. From a young and naive age it seems to me that Lisa became a parent to her mother and tried so hard not to be a stranger to her father. So many times wh...
  • Michael Scott
    Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs is an autobiography presented as a coming-of-age story written for the target-audience of Steve Jobs fans and people interested in the myth surrounding the Apple creator who died not long ago. Overall, a good story, but with flaws, not enough about Steve Jobs to matter generally, and not enough alignment of values with the lead character to matter for me. The writing is nice and flowing (except for the big gap in th...
  • Julie Miller
    I received an advanced reading copy of this book. Memoirs by women are my favorite genre, and this one is a new favorite. I didn't expect it to be the page-turner it was; Brennan-Jobs is a fantastic writer and her coming-of-age story about her relationship with her unpredictable father is compelling. The setting- California in the 80's- was brought alive for me as well.
  • Linda
    Despite the buzz around this book because her father was famous, Lisa’s story is essentially about a sensitive girl who feels isolated, as if she never fits in anywhere—like the ugly duckling in the fairy tale. Of course, she tells us the story everyone’s heard: Lisa’s parents were in their early 20’s when her mom got pregnant. Her father continued to deny paternity until the state of California demanded a paternity test, as it did for ...
  • Linda Lipko
    This is truly is such a great book that writing a review is difficult. Told from the perspective of Lisa Brennan-Jobs, this is the story of her mercurial relationship with her famous father, Steve Jobs. While her father, the creator of the Mac Apple computer, and creative consultant of Pixar movie studios, became a mega millionaire, Lisa and her mother often lived without food and shelter. Roaming from one place to another, their existence was fr...
  • Kevin
    Lisa Brennan-Jobs, daughter of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and artist Chrisann Brennan, was born when her (unmarried) parents were just 23 years old. Jobs publicly denied his paternity until a DNA test proved otherwise. When Lisa was two, her mother sued Jobs for child support and, after months of resisting, he hurriedly agreed to pay $500 a month. Four days later, Apple stock went public and Jobs was worth $200 million. Steve Jobs may have ...
  • Carly DaSilva
    I like memoirs, especially women’s memoirs, and I’m glad I managed to snag this ARC at BEA, the last of those I received when I raided the Grove Atlantic booth. I’m always a little turned off when writing (particularly in memoir, particularly in women’s memoirs) is praised as “unsentimental” right off the bat—ouch, sentiment is valid and no less moving than a lack thereof, why put apathy on a pedestal, traditionally viewed as a bett...
  • Karen Ng
    4.5 stars Some people define success with money, some with character, but when brain abnormality is involved. It gets more complex. A psychopath did not choose to be a psychopath, his genes defined him. So, jobs, a jerk, a known fact... further confirmed by this book that I actually really enjoyed and I feel some kind of triumph that Ms Jobs came out unscathed. Not without pain, but water under the bridge. There is still no cure for Borderline pe...
  • Donna Hines
    I first heard about this book from The Today Show as I watched this interview being broadcast live: had the book on my radar in fact I wrote it down the day or so prior to place on hold at my library and ironically when I arrived it was on the shelf so I checked it out and read it that same day.I was excited to learn more about Lisa not just because of her famous father but because I'm a scapegoat and when...
  • Fawaz Abdul rahman
    I like to read anything related to Steve Jobs or Apple in general, that is the main reason I picked this book once it was released.No doubt Lisa was a victim as so many cases in the US and other western countries, and I enjoyed the book because I always like to know more about other cultures as well about Steve and other famous people.that been said, I am not really sure why Anyone should read this book, most things mentioned in this book may be ...
  • Jaclyn Crupi
    Steve Jobs comes across as a cruel man who recognised what those around him wanted and needed and then enjoyed witholding it. Pathological. This is definitely memoir as therapy, which usually doesn’t work for the reader, and yet here it’s powerful and compelling.
  • Rachel Smalter Hall
    People are going to flock to this memoir for its shocking revelations about Steve Jobs--who was the author's father--and they aren't going to be disappointed. The details are pretty damning: he denied paternity when she was born, lied that he didn't name Apple's Lisa computer after her, and hurled senselessly cruel insults at his child. But in spite of all this, his daughter loved him, and that's what makes her story so compelling. Is there anyth...
  • Lynn
    Moving Autobiography. Lisa Brennan Jobs was born to Steve Jobs and Chrissann Brennan, high school sweethearts who resumed their relationship after Steve returned from Reed College. Chrissann got pregnant and Steve was furious. Debating whether to get an abortion or give Lisa up for adoption, her Buddhist advisor suggested keeping her. The mother always had a difficult time and often expressed it to her daughter and others. She tried art and some ...
  • Melanie
    Guys, you don't have to read this book. Utter crap. This book is only relevant for people obsessed with Apple and Steve Jobs like he's some kind of genius or a god. Lisa is a very minor story in his life and this novel reads as such. I mean no wants to read about ordinary things done by ordinary people like a journal entry sans critical reflection. Like, my mother bought a car, we called Steve to pay the bill. I mean, just no. There's a lot of se...
  • Marco G
    This was an amazing book. It'll probably be one of my favorite books this year. The author has a beautiful way of writing, and I relished in learning about her life with this icon of a man name Steve Jobs. Can't quite put into words in any way why her writing really stuck with me but she has an almost poetic Style to her writing that I thoroughly enjoyed. It's heartbreaking book at times, very honest, poignant. I hope she is given the opportunity...
  • Diana
    This book is a painful memoir told with grace and love. It’s a reminder fame, power and money can’t buy good parenting. Just a small warning if you grew up with emotional abuse, it may be a hard book to read.