Small Fry is one of the five notable works of nonfiction selected by The New York Times for 2018. The author’s parents were never married, conceived her when they were very young, and in many ways she paid the price for their irresponsible, naive life style. Lisa’s mom is Chrisann Brennan, an artist with an artistic temperament. Her father was Steve Jobs who denied his paternity for several years and whose presence in her life was sporadic and unpredictable. Her mother lived hand-to-mouth for most of Lisa’s childhood even though the father of her only child was a multi-millionaire. Jobs was not generous to his eldest daughter either, even refusing to pay for her senior year at Harvard.
Lisa Brennan-Jobs writes a poignant, fascinating memoir about growing up in northern California with two parents who were selfish and quick to anger but creative and clever.