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
GenreAutobiography, Memoir, Nonfiction, Biography, Biography Memoir, Audiobook

Reviews Small Fry

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Jenna
    I love to read memoirs. I do not love to read memoirs in which the author is either begging for pity or bragging. Unfortunately, in Small Fry Lisa Brennan-Jobs does both. She writes very well, descriptively, and engagingly; otherwise, I would not have been able to stomach this book at all. She held my attention even whilst she annoyed the hell out of me. Small Fry is about Lisa's childhood and her relationship with her sometimes-there/sometimes-n...
  • Dianne
    I have a bit of a fascination with Steve Jobs. I worked for a company that was one of the first to attempt to adopt his innovative NeXT computer system in the early 90’s after he left Apple. Like other companies, we had to abandon it because it was highly proprietary and no other software would work with it. Shortly thereafter, I ran into him at the remote Hawaiian resort he favored (no TVs, no phones, very isolated) and was struck by his marke...
  • BlackOxford
    A Land ApartWhat a Jerk. Steve Jobs was clearly in that elite group of psychos which includes Trump, Zuckerberg, and Elon Musk. Bullies, liars, pathologically egocentric, litigious bastards one and all. And any taste they have is restricted to their mouths.Whether or not the world at large is a better place because of Steve Jobs is open to debate. But the immediate world of those around him was hell. Dumps his first partner (actually she dumps hi...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Mary Deacon
    This is memoir by Steve Job's daughter. She talks about growing up in California and what it was like growing up the daughter of the Apple founder. I would definitely recommend this book.
  • 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...
  • Sharon Metcalf
    Lisa Brennan-Jobs was the first daughter of world famous Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple and one of the richest men in the world. If, like me, you don't already know her story you might imagine for her a privileged life. If so, like me, you would be wrong. Hers is not exactly a story of the lifestyles of the rich and famous. From the outset Steve Jobs denied his paternity so her earliest years were spent with her artist mother. Later, he acknowle...
  • 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
  • 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...
  • Alex
    This book was horribly boring and I question why Brennan-Jobs story is one that needed to be memorialized, other than for the fact her father is Steve Jobs and that he was a bit of an asshole. Do not get the hype at all.
  • 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.
  • Rebecca
    (3.5) What was it like to have Steve Jobs as your dad? That question has already drawn many to Lisa Brennan-Jobs’s debut memoir. You don’t need to have any particular interest in Apple computers or in technology in general to read and enjoy this; all you need is curiosity about how families work, especially amid complications like disputed paternity, half-siblings, and the peculiarities of behaviour common to geniuses and madmen.Apart from br...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Hibah Kamal-Grayson
    3.5 stars. Fairly well-written and interesting, but I'm rounding down based on the wave of relief I felt upon parting ways with the narrator.It's hard to chronicle meanness without letting it infect you, and I kept detecting a faint trace of Steve Jobs's selfish cunning in the narrator herself: in her prose, her inner life, and even her actions. The narrative arc -- wobbly throughout the book -- sort of collapses at the end. I felt as though the ...
  • Rachel Levy
    3.5 StarsLisa Brennan-Jobs, daughter of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and artist Chrisann Brennan, was born when her unmarried parents were young. Publicly, Steve Jobs denied his paternity until a DNA test proved otherwise. When Lisa was two years old, Jobs was sued for child support since Chrisann was on state support. After resisting for many months, Jobs inexplicably and suddenly agreed to pay $500 a month. Four days later, Apple stock went...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 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.
  • Stephanie
    I've read a lot of memoirs written by daughters of Extremely Problematic Men and when you think of (say) Tara Westover's dad as described in her memoir Educated, Steve Jobs doesn't seem all that bad.Steve Jobs was just an asshole. Not a monster. At the beginning of her memoir she doesn't write about him that much, since he was barely present in her life. She writes about the shitty (but a relatively ordinary kind of shitty) childhood she had with...
  • Cheryl
    Lisa Brennan-Jobs is the oldest child of Steve Jobs. She is also the child he, for many years, refused to recognize as his daughter. As she grew older, Steve became more attentive towards her and invited her to live with him. In this honest and intimate memoir, Lisa details her early life shuttling between two unstable parents. Lisa’s birth mother struggled to support herself and became increasingly resentful of their situation. Steve’s errat...