Title: Small Fry
Series: Stand Alone
Author: Lisa Brennan-Jobs
Publisher: Grove Press
This is the best memoir I have ever read! Lisa’s writing is so beautiful and so detailed that it makes you not want to put the book down. I was hooked in from the very beginning of the first sentence…
“Three months before he died, I began to steal things from my father’s house.”
If you are asking yourself who is Lisa Brennan-Jobs, she is the first daughter of Steve Jobs and just in case you don’t know who that is he is the genius who created Apple and one of the founders of Pixar animation company. This is Lisa’s story and how she grew up having Steve Jobs as a father.
I knew this story was going to be a rough one meaning that Lisa’s story and how she grew up emotionally were not going to be the easiest. All she wanted was to be accepted by her father. It seems to me that Steve was in his own world and didn’t accept Lisa as his daughter from the beginning. Lisa’s mother, Chrisann Brennan was Steve Jobs’s high school sweetheart and soon after Lisa was born. When Lisa was a baby Steve was not around and even denied that Lisa was his daughter for the longest time.
Chrisann Brennan, Lisa’s mother, was someone I can sometimes relate to and also question the things she did when Lisa was a child. One part of the story I personally can relate was when Lisa’s mother went to the store with just $20…
“Twenty dollars for food and diapers; my mother used it to buy food and diapers, and also a bouquet of daisies and a small pack of patterned origami paper. Money, when we had it, was quick-burning bright, like kindling. We had just a little or not enough. My mother was not good at saving or making money, but she loved beauty.”
Before I became a mother myself I was that person that would go to the store with just little money I had and get one item to feed myself and flowers for the house knowing that I shouldn’t be buying that when I could get something that I really need but the flowers are what made me feel happy to walk into my house with them there on the table to let go of stress for one second to stare at beauty that I had in my home.
There was one time in the book that I had to put it down because I just couldn’t believe the action Steve did sometimes and this one section of the book Steve did something I could not believe that it was the most petty thing I ever heard of, and I just don’t understand why he would do something like this, Lisa’s mother wanted a house that was for sale and told Steve about it however they are not together but not only did this man looked at the house but he did buy the house…for himself and not for his daughter who is living in certain conditions and while he has money and could do what he wants he keeps for himself. I understand buying a house for the mother of your child that you’re not together is a bit too much but for you to actually buy the house she wanted and not let her move in it…
Steve was coming around when he wants to see Lisa and her mother at some point in her life when she was a teenager Lisa was able to move in with Steve, which was not all that glamorous for her. With restrictions and rules but not normal rules like not able to see your mother for six months for whatever reasons, maybe the health reasons? Lisa’s parents are something else, the decisions they make in life, and how they treated Lisa was shocking.
All Lisa wanted was to fit in with her father and be recognize as his daughter. Steve was no ordinary man and the relationship he had with Lisa and everyone was bizarre. I really enjoyed this book so much, Lisa did a fabulous job writing her story, it wasn’t gossip or talking negative about anyone, she told her story and she did a wonderful job doing so.
All I know is I would never go out to eat with Steve Jobs!
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