Lisa Brennan-Jobs Discusses 'Coldness' and 'Moments of Joy' She Had With Steve Jobs in Upcoming Memoir 'Small Fry'

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    In just a few weeks, Lisa Brennan-Jobs will launch "Small Fry," a memoir about her life that includes a focus on the tumultuous relationship she held with her father, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. As the book launch grows closer, Brennan-Jobs is in the midst of a publicity tour and today her latest interview has been shared by The New York Times, which also provides a few snippets from the book.

    Naturally, much of Brennan-Jobs' overview of her childhood includes numerous passages regarding her father's "coldness." Still, the author doesn't want "Small Fry" to be regarded as a tell-all about Steve Jobs, but as more of a "nuanced portrait of a family," as well a book about her own story and not her father's.

    Images of Lisa Brennan-Jobs and Small Fry via NYT

    Brennan-Jobs says she began work on what would eventually become "Small Fry" in 2011, not long after Jobs passed in October of that year. She returned to Silicon Valley over the years, interviewing her family, her mother's ex-boyfriends, and Jobs' own ex-girlfriend. In an effort to ensure she'd finish the book on her own terms, she took a 90 percent cut in her book advance and switched from Penguin Press to a smaller publisher named Grove.

    Brennan-Jobs focuses much of the memoir on her parents, and her mother Chrisann Brennan has already read the book:
    She also recounts numerous instances when her father would "frequently" use money to "confuse or frighten her," during the years when he claimed paternity:
    Brennan-Jobs also recounts "moments of joy" that she had with Jobs, stating that ultimately she has forgiven her father, and her goal is that she wants the reader to forgive him too:
    According to Brennan-Jobs, her father did grant her a "movie ending" by apologizing to her toward the end of his life for not spending more time with her, disappearing during her adulthood, forgetting birthdays, and not returning phone calls. She recalls the moment, stating that Jobs claims he acted the way he did in her adulthood because he was offended that she "didn't invite" him to a matriculation event at Harvard during her first year. He ultimately stated "I owe you one."

    "Small Fry" will be available to buy on September 4, and you can read more from The New York Times' interview with Lisa Brennan-Jobs right here.

    Article Link: Lisa Brennan-Jobs Discusses 'Coldness' and 'Moments of Joy' She Had With Steve Jobs in Upcoming Memoir 'Small Fry'
  2. appleguy123 macrumors 604


    Apr 1, 2009
    15 minutes in the future
    Was this already known? That's probably the most horrible Jobs' anecdote I've heard yet.
  3. KooL BeAnZ macrumors regular

    Apr 4, 2012
  4. iapplelove macrumors 601


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA
    I’m sure some ex employees have a few stories of their own too lol

    Steve was cold blooded at times.
  5. WannaGoMac macrumors 68020


    Feb 11, 2007
  6. chucker23n1 macrumors 68020


    Dec 7, 2014
    Does Lisa have any relationship with Laurene?
  7. MacLC macrumors 6502

    Oct 18, 2013
    That surprised me, too. Steve Jobs was a tortured soul. I'm happy for his daughter able to make peace with what must've been a traumatic childhood.
  8. Bollockser macrumors regular

    Oct 28, 2014
    Agreed. Any idolization I had for this man just completely evaporated.
  9. Porco macrumors 68030


    Mar 28, 2005
    I wouldn't even begin to pretend to know Steve Jobs like she did, of course, but it does strike me that the contrasts of love and devotion with a feeling of cold detachment and bewilderment perfectly encapsulates the feelings I (and maybe many of us?) have with Steve Jobs' work in a weirdly parallel (if more minor) way to Lisa's relationship with her father.

    I'm sat here typing this post on a computer keyboard I love, attached to a computer I love, with an iPhone I love, all basically (largely) designed under Steve Jobs' leadership. And yet so many decisions he made about Apple's products infuriated me then, and still do to this day.

    But I still feel a kind of bond to these rapidly-ageing products... no, not the closer bond of an actual familial relationship of course, but still a human-to-technological relationship that Steve Jobs had so much to do with. One that makes it worth persevering with, because the alternatives (whether from rivals or indeed post-Jobs Apple to some extent) just seem less rewarding.

    Maybe in some ways, Woz was the mother of Apple and Steve Jobs was the Father of Apple. And so I guess this all a long-winded way of saying I feel a strange kind of empathy with Lisa Brennan-Jobs, (beyond basic decent humanity) albeit from a much less important perspective.

    Anyway, it sounds like an interesting book, I may well read it at some point.
  10. AngerDanger macrumors 68040


    Dec 9, 2008
    Hopefully, eight years after Steve’s death, people won’t assume this is a quick cash grab.
  11. klunernet macrumors member


    Jul 14, 2011
    Hoorn, NL
    She went on holidays with Laurene, her dad and their kids. So one would envision some relationship.
  12. jonnyb098 macrumors 68030


    Nov 16, 2010
    Very True. Reading many books on Steve including the official bio, it was clear he was always bitter towards being adopted especially early on. Maybe it was his way of sadly "paying someone back" for he himself not being wanted by his biological parents. Amazing yet no surprise how things that happen so early in life have a lasting impact.

    Makes me think when I hear and see the things parents say and do around their children how negatively it will impact them later. In the big picture there are millions of people (who aren't necessarily bad people) who have no business being parents. For example Steve was a genius with products but clearly had a lot to be desired in the parenting department.
  13. Baymowe335 macrumors 68040

    Oct 6, 2017
    I don't think this for sure, but I feel Tim Cook, is a just better guy than Jobs was.

    And I honestly think Cook is a genius in his own right.
  14. _Refurbished_ macrumors 68000


    Mar 23, 2007
    Jobs was an ass. He’s one of those troubled people that probably figured it out all too late.

    He could change the world, but his most important relationship was a failure. Reminds me of Citizen Kane.
  15. klunernet macrumors member


    Jul 14, 2011
    Hoorn, NL
    I’m going so wait until I read that in context in her book.
  16. nutmac macrumors 68040

    Mar 30, 2004
    I look forward to reading the book. Steve's cruel treatment of Lisa might be that he saw Lisa as a close counterpart of Chrisann. Lisa is obviously innocent, particularly when she was a child, but it probably was hard for Steve to reconcile.
  17. DNichter macrumors G3


    Apr 27, 2015
    Philadelphia, PA
    Steve was a jerk. Brilliant man, but he obviously had some serious issues going on. I wonder if he regretted decisions he made later in life.
  18. Col4bin macrumors 68000


    Oct 2, 2011
    El Segundo
    This book makes me uncomfortable as I see many parallels with my own life in these vignettes. Money is not everything.
  19. ericg301 macrumors 65816

    Jun 15, 2010
    "Ms. Brennan-Jobs has a husband, Bill, a longtime Microsoft employee now launching a software start-up...."

    so much to unpack here.
  20. edenwaith macrumors 6502a


    Aug 7, 2001
    I've read Chrisann Brennan's book, which wasn't so much about Jobs, he was only one of the many actors in what I term more of a period piece, which was an interesting glimpse, especially in the lives of a group of young people during the early 70s.
  21. ericg301 macrumors 65816

    Jun 15, 2010
    weird you'd reply talking about products...when this book and post are clearly about the human side of the Jobs family. products come and go. replaced and retired. but familial bonds are forever.
  22. Scepticalscribe Contributor


    Jul 29, 2008
    The Far Horizon
    Using money (and the threat of withdrawal of same) to express power (and abuse of power) and control in personal relationships, and behaving in such a way, by walking out of restaurants without paying, leaving someone who is in dire financial straits to pick up the bill, or seeking to humiliate them by reminding them of the fact that they might not be able to afford to pay, playing with their insecurity, and leaving them - by your behaviour - not knowing in advance whether you will be hospitable or controlling - is seriously low and very warped behaviour.

    Some of the background to the Harvard story can be found in the biography of Steve Jobs written by Walter Isaacson; if memory serves, Jobs had initially refused to pay Lisa's Harvard fees, and one of his colleagues stepped in and did the needful as the deadline approached. Embarrassed, Jobs reimbursed him subsequently.

    Therefore, with all due respect, I'm not all that surprised by Lisa's decision not to invite him to her matriculation event in her first year in Harvard.
  23. Goner259er Suspended

    Feb 11, 2018
    i think everyone knew he wasn’t the greatest person but I don’t think he claimed to be either. Great business skill but poor social skills
  24. Will.O.Bie macrumors 6502


    Aug 29, 2016
  25. thebeans macrumors 6502

    Feb 9, 2009
    Bottom line... Steve Jobs was a dick.

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