“Brennan-Jobs grew up shuttling between two starkly different worlds: the bohemian, peripatetic world of her mother, an unstable and impoverished artist, and the luxurious world of her cruel and increasingly wealthy father, Steve Jobs.”
Featured in New York Times’ Best Books of 2018.
“Brennan-Jobs calls her memoir a coming-of-age story, in which she recounts growing up in Silicon Valley during the 1980s while dad Steve Jobs came in and out of her life. The book is full of anecdotes that show Brennan-Jobs’ desire for attention from her father and her fear of his unpredictability toward her.”
Featured in NPR’s Best Books of 2018.
Small Fry is a 2018 memoir authored by Lisa Brennan-Jobs, the daughter of the iconic Apple founder Steve Jobs. The memoir accounts the growing up years of Lisa around her artist mother Chrisann Brennan and the mercurial relationship he had with her legendary father, who at first refused to acknowledge her as his daughter and refused to pay child support.
The memoir details the circumstances under which Lisa was born and how the late Steve Jobs named her in his favorite apple orchard during her Christening ceremony. As she grew up, her father was a distant figure who was not around her and took little interest during her formative years. During her adolescent years, she received some attention from her father and spent quality time with him and his family. After her relationship with her biological mother soured, Lisa moved in with her father that led her to a new realm of private schools, mansions, and vacations. However, her father could still be critical, cold, and unpredictable. The memoir also points emotional abuse she was subject to and the instance when Steve failed to mention her as her daughter in later years.
Small Fry was featured as among the top 10 books of 2018 by New York Times and The New Yorker. Amazon, Bustle, GQ, Indigo, NPR, Publishers Weekly, and Vogue (UK) named the book as one of the best books of 2018. The book also received positive reviews from leading publications such as San Francisco Chronicle, People, Wall Street Journal, The Times UK, and more.