Small Fry

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 p Born on a farm and named in a field by her parents--artist Chrisann Brennan and Steve Jobs--Lisa Brennan-Jobs's childhood...

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Title:Small Fry
Author:Lisa Brennan-Jobs
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Genres:Autobiography
ISBN:Small Fry
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:383 pages pages

Small Fry Reviews

  • Elizabeth
    Sep 03, 2018
    I also grew up in Palo Alto at the same time so many of the places and references were violently real to me. Dragers? Check. Zohar? Check. The Good Earth? Check. That Whole Foods downtown? I can picture that place as if it were yesterday. It was kind of ratty in the old days. I'm sure ...
  • Carolyn
    Sep 05, 2018
    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 ...
  • Hibah Kamal-Grayson
    Sep 29, 2018
    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 narr...
  • Elyse Walters
    Sep 30, 2018
    Audiobook....narrated by Eileen Stevens ?I?m one of the most important people you will ever know?.... Who talks like that?...to 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 ?...
  • lit.erary.britt
    Mar 02, 2019
    After recently reading Walter Isaacson?s Steve Jobs biography, it seemed only right to hear another side. Lisa is his first child whom he vehemently denied until a paternity test proved otherwise. With an unstable mother and a severely judgmental father who was often cruel, Lisa had ...
  • Michael Scott
    Sep 11, 2018
    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 ...
  • Jamie
    Sep 13, 2018
    DNF @ 25% ...
  • Riva Sciuto
    Sep 24, 2018
    "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 ...
  • Dianne
    Dec 17, 2018
    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 sof...
  • Linden
    Aug 28, 2018
    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 ...
  • Jenna
    Dec 28, 2018
    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...
  • Diane S ☔
    Oct 02, 2018
    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 pho...
  • Meggan
    Aug 27, 2018
    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. ...
  • librarianka
    Jul 18, 2018
    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-...
  • Rebecca
    Jan 11, 2019
    (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...
  • Melanie
    Oct 02, 2018
    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 b...
  • Lisa
    Feb 27, 2019
    [3+] This is not a memoir in which I identified with the writer. Lisa Brennan-Jobs defines herself by her absent, fickle, often selfish father. We don't learn much about her - except through her lense of what her father has taken away from her (and occasionally given her). The book is ...
  • Ginger Bensman
    Oct 27, 2018
    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...
  • Alex
    Jan 24, 2019
    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. ...
  • Jen
    Sep 10, 2018
    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 ...
  • BlackOxford
    Dec 24, 2018
    A Land Apart What 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 wo...
  • Rachel Levy
    Dec 20, 2018
    3.5 Stars Lisa 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 su...
  • Cherise Wolas
    Oct 07, 2018
    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 sanc...
  • Leslynn
    Jul 22, 2018
    Copy courtesy of NetGalley So, 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...
  • Rebecca McNutt
    Sep 18, 2018
    In Small Fry, Lisa Brennan-Jobs laments on her nostalgic and at times quite bizarre childhood 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 ...
  • Julie Garner
    Jul 24, 2018
    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 fat...
  • Laura Noggle
    Mar 09, 2019
    Mixed feelings on this one. Similar to death by a thousand cuts, this book reads like a slow madness incurred from a thousand barbed slights by Steve Jobs. It was interesting, and mundane at the same time. It's more a collection of vignettes of Steve Jobs through his first daugh...
  • Sharon Metcalf
    Feb 20, 2019
    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 o...
  • Mary Deacon
    Dec 05, 2018
    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. ...
  • Roxanne
    Jun 21, 2018
    Lisa Brennan-Jobs new memoir, Small Fry, is searing in a Mommy Dearest expose` way, with me exclaiming and throwing the book down on at least three occasions, with a, ?He did what?!?. And that?s saying something for a former high school counselor, who?d thought I had hardene...