Lisa Brennan-Jobs, author of “Small Fry” visits with Mark Alyn. She talks about growing up in the shadow of her famous father (Steve Jobs) and finding her own way. A New York Times Bestseller and Top Ten Book of the Year, lauded by critics nationwide, SMALL FRY by Lisa Brennan-Jobs, is a smart, frank, and captivating coming-of-age memoir by the daughter of artist Chrisann Brennan and Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.
Born on a farm and named in a field by her parents, 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 private schools. His attention was thrilling, but he could also be cold, critical, and unpredictable. When her relationship with her mother grew strained in high school, Lisa decided to move in with her father, hoping he’d become the parent she’d always wanted him to be.
SMALL FRY is Brennan-Jobs’s poignant story of childhood and growing up. Scrappy, wise, and funny, young Lisa is an unforgettable guide, marveling at the particular magic of growing up in this family, in this place and time, while grappling with her feelings of illegitimacy and shame. Part portrait of a complex family, part love letter to California in the seventies and eighties, SMALL FRY is an enthralling story by an insightful new literary voice. Lisa visits with Mark Alyn to talk about her life.