Steve Jobs, founder of Apple, was a larger-than-life genius, parading on to the stage in his signature black turtleneck to introduce a new product. But what many people don’t know is that this early Silicon Valley pioneer had a dark side. While Apple was still in its infancy, he fathered a child out of wedlock. Her name was Lisa and for the first few years of her life, Steve ignored her. Lisa lived with her bohemian mom in virtual poverty while he became a tech millionaire, then a billionaire. Eventually, Steve began coming around more, and gained custody of her one night a week.
In this tell-all memoir, Lisa Brennan Jobs lets readers in on the complex, often contradictory personality of her father. He could be a loving, affectionate family man at times, while unpredictable and volatile at other times. Ever paranoid that his loved ones would be overly indulged by riches, he refused to spend money on basics. The bedroom where Lisa slept was not heated, and she was forced to do dishes by hand when the dishwasher broke. Steve also had peculiar personal habits, including his diet and his refusal to use furniture. A fascinating glimpse into the childhood of an enigmatic figure, Small Fry is both gut-wrenching and life-affirming.