What Sisters and Oblates Are Reading

Small Fry


by Lisa Brennan-Jobs
Grove Press

Sister Valerie Luckey

Small Fry is a memoir written by Lisa Brennan-Jobs, the daughter of Steve Jobs. Her story chronicles her years from early memory until the death of her father, the creator and founder of Apple. She is able to tell in great detail what it was like to have a literal genius for a dad, one who was as complex as the now-ubiquitous brand he created, from which he was booted out, and to which he returned until his early death from cancer in 2011.

Brennan-Jobs does not shy away from the more difficult and hurtful parts of Steve's presence in her life, a name she uses to refer to him at times in the book. Steve Jobs famously denied paternity of Lisa, denied naming one of his earliest computers after her, did not always maintain a relationship with Lisa's mother, and struggled until his death to develop any sort of healthy "father-daughter" bond.

What I liked about this memoir was gleaning the complexity of emotions that Lisa faced her entire life, struggling to win and desiring the affection of Steve while at the same struggling to develop her own self-identity and worth outside of having a very famous father. She clearly wanted her father's approval, rarely received it, and yet continued to be motivated by the less-than-frequent displays of love he shared with her.

While I cannot remember many times during my childhood spent imagining what it might be like to have a famous billionaire as a dad, but Lisa Brennan-Jobs's reality was and is just that. She does an excellent job conveying to the reader the challenge that created, but also the strength she gained in the struggles.

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