Lisa Brennan-Jobs to Publish Memoir of Her Childhood With Steve Jobs and Chrisann Brennan

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Grove Press this week announced that Lisa Brennan-Jobs, the eldest daughter of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and artist Chrisann Brennan, is working on a memoir about her childhood spent between two imperfect but extraordinary parents. The news was first reported by the Associated Press.

    Lisa Brennan-Jobs and Steve Jobs via BHW

    In the book, titled Small Fry, Brennan-Jobs recounts how Jobs was "rarely present" in the early years of her life, as he denied paternity. As she grew older, however, Jobs began to show an interest in her and apologized for his behavior.

    The memoir's description notes that Jobs ushered his daughter into a "new world of mansions, vacations, and private schools." Brennan-Jobs was "thrilled" to receive attention from her father, but he could be "cold, critical and unpredictable" at times, echoing stories about his management style at Apple:
    Brennan-Jobs, 39, graduated from Harvard University in 2000 and is now a professional writer. Jobs named the Apple Lisa, released one year before the original Macintosh, after her. She has three half-siblings, including Reed Jobs, Erin Jobs, and Eve Jobs, from Jobs's later marriage to Laurene Powell.

    Small Fry is scheduled for release in September, according to the Associated Press and a listing on the HarperCollins Canada website.

    Article Link: Lisa Brennan-Jobs to Publish Memoir of Her Childhood With Steve Jobs and Chrisann Brennan
  2. Will.O.Bie macrumors 6502


    Aug 29, 2016
    Most brilliant minds are "cold, critical, and unpredictable." I'm glad they had a relationship later on as daughters need their fathers to show them how men should treat them.
  3. TL24 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 20, 2011
    Is it just me or does that look like Tom Cruise?
  4. codewrangler macrumors member


    Jun 17, 2009
    Dallas, TX
  5. GrumpyMom macrumors 604


    Sep 11, 2014
    Do you mean that picture of Steve or the pics of Lisa? I do see how her smile resembles that of Tom Cruise.

    I think I might actually read this book. I’ve always been curious about how she was affected by such rejection so early in life and then a sudden acceptance. I had a similar cadence in my life with my dad because he came back from the Vietnam War a bit conflicted about having brought a child into a world he now loathed. As with Lisa, all’s well that ends well, but I am sorry she lost Steve well before she should have.
  6. fuchsdh macrumors 65816


    Jun 19, 2014
    I don't think that's necessarily true, it's just the image we're familiar with and thus what we notice. There are plenty of brilliant people out there who aren't jackasses or cold people inside, but that's not as newsworthy as the maverick genius stereotype.
  7. sonsofnarcissus macrumors newbie

    May 20, 2014
    Sometimes leaders in the business/corporate world aren't leaders in a family. Unfortunate but true.
  8. canny macrumors regular


    Jun 11, 2009
    Good to see Arab-Americans in positive news for a change.
  9. Thunderbird macrumors 6502a


    Dec 25, 2005
    I wonder if this will also become a movie with Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, and Ripley Sobo?
  10. L-Viz macrumors 6502


    Apr 28, 2017
    Interesting, that she married Jonathan Blow. And she dropped the Brennan name...
  11. macduke, Mar 16, 2018
    Last edited by a moderator: Mar 20, 2018

    macduke macrumors G3


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    My wife and I both have horrible fathers. If you're going to get a woman pregnant, you need to be prepared to put your life on hold. I couldn't imagine any scenario where I would abandon my daughter. Fathers who do this are *******s. There is no sugar coating it. We need to stop saying "But they're really successful, etc so it's okay." It is never okay. It is completely unacceptable, full stop.
  12. Joe Rossignol Editor

    Joe Rossignol

    Staff Member

    May 12, 2012
    I agree. Totally inexcusable.
  13. citysnaps macrumors 601

    Oct 10, 2011
    San Francisco
    Right on! No excuses. Thank you...
  14. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

    IJ Reilly

    Jul 16, 2002
    You can search far and wide for stories about Steve being a nice guy and not find any. This isn't an excuse for his legendary jerkatude, but does show how he treated his daughter for so many years as consistent with his attitude towards nearly everyone else with whom he came in contact.
  15. RichTF macrumors regular


    Nov 11, 2007
    London, UK
    I understand your emotions on this one, but as someone whose father was absent as a kid, I disagree. I’m glad I was raised by people who did so out of choice, than by someone who was coerced into being a dad out of a misplaced sense of “duty” or whatever. (And I think my dad’s a great guy, for what it’s worth)

    People are complex, situations are complex, relationships are complex, lives are complex. Trying to hit everyone with simple “no exceptions” rules is not a recipe for a happy society.
  16. DotCom2 macrumors 68040

    Feb 22, 2009
    Most of these type of books tend to *Embellish* the truth quite a bit in order to make them more interesting and sell better.
    However, I will still get this book and read it and hopefully enjoy it.:apple::)
  17. Tonewheel macrumors 6502a

    Sep 28, 2007
  18. SigEp265 macrumors 6502


    Dec 15, 2011
    Southern California
    Didn't Jobs like ... not want to be in her life?
  19. Kabeyun macrumors 68000


    Mar 27, 2004
    Eastern USA
    Fine to sympathize with Lisa, although I don’t know if she’s looking for sympathy. But let’s not pile on with a character assassination of a man we’ve never met involving details we don’t know. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.
  20. Bollockser macrumors regular

    Oct 28, 2014
    Syrian is not Arab.
  21. groove-agent macrumors 6502a


    Jan 13, 2006
    I believe Steve was estranged from his birth parents as well. It probably affected his parenting.

    Apple should get one of Steve’s kids to at least figurehead Apple (maybe during the keynotes). It could represent a new era for them.

  22. BasicGreatGuy Contributor


    Sep 21, 2012
    In the middle of several books.
    Gets the guest speaker platform out, hands the mic to Duke. Preach it, brother.

    I wish her the very best in life.
  23. Kaibelf macrumors 68020


    Apr 29, 2009
    Silicon Valley, CA
    It’s her life and she can talk about it if she chooses. Also it’s her father so she knows more about his character than any of us.
  24. 4jasontv macrumors 65816

    Jul 31, 2011
    How much do I need to read if he was "rarely present"? What are the other aspects of her life that would compel someone to read about her?
  25. Doomtomb macrumors 6502


    Jul 14, 2011
    Austin, TX
    I'm going to refrain from calling this an attempt to cash in because:
    1. She probably doesn't need the money
    2. She's actually an accomplished writer

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