Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs

Small Fry

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...

Details Small Fry

TitleSmall Fry
Release DateSep 4th, 2018
PublisherGrove Press
GenreAutobiography, Memoir, Nonfiction, Biography, Biography Memoir

Reviews Small Fry

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Julie Miller
    I received an advanced reading copy of this book. Memoirs by women are by 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.
  • Jamie
    A literary coming-of-age memoir of the highest order, the story of a child trying to find her place between two radically different parents, identities, and worlds. Compassionate, wise, and filled with finely-wrought detail - an absolutely wonderful book.