Small Fry

Small Fry

Large Print - 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."--
Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company,, 2019.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781432860318
Branch Call Number: LGPRINT BIO BRENNANJ L. BrennanJ 01/2019
Characteristics: 619 pages (large print) ;,23 cm.
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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.

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.

Mar 15, 2019

NYT 10 Best 2018

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.

Feb 05, 2019

This is a complicated memoir - Steve Jobs would have qualified for a CPS intervention as a parent. His daughter paid the price along with her mother.

As a reader, like the author, I was always on the outside looking in through those windows. It was an account, and sad indeed, but lacked some kind of inner light and adult understanding that the author didn't or couldn't communicate to this reader.

I can't help but think that Mona Simpson as her aunt and all of the celebrities that wandered in and out didn't help get this memoir into print and a big marketing budget.

Feb 03, 2019

Eliminate the last 4 letters of the author's name and this book would have never gotten published. The author's life is not interesting enough nor does she have any great insights to warrant a memoir at the age of 40. Over half the book was dedicated to her first 11 years of life.

Jan 23, 2019

From the first line of her book, it was like a child tugging at her father's sleeve pleading "Look at me!" This heart-wrenching memoir frankly shares how it's like to be the daughter of a titan. Steve Jobs changed the world but left Lisa's world in crumbles. Engaging and compelling. There is no table of contents, just as Lisa had no monetary reason to write this. We just have to listen as she tells her story. Every child who ever ached for a father's love and attention can relate. More details @ivydigest Instagram.

Jan 09, 2019

Enjoyed the bravery of Lisa Brennan-Jobs to write about her early life; it was interesting to learn that she was illegitimate and the State of California stepped up to help her and her mother, getting her father to offer some sort of support. Also, appreciated the reference to DNA paternity testing. At times, through the stories of her fighting loneliness, it was easier to understand her sadness. Aspects about her relationship with her mom and her dad, and others (family and friends / acquaintances) who were in her life, brought more depth to the book, even though some stories could have been kept out of the book. I liked her drive to push herself and go to college and become a writer.

DPLpaigeone Jan 02, 2019

A memoir filled with sadness, honesty and engaging stories.

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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)

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)

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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