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  • Lisa Brennan-Jobs, the daughter of Steve Jobs, is writing a memoir about her childhood.
  • The legendary entrepreneur initially refused to believe that Brennan-Jobs, now 39, was his child.
  • Jobs was "rarely present in her life" and "cold, critical and unpredictable," the publisher says.


Steve Jobs' daughter — who he had initially disavowed — is writing a memoir about her childhood and her turbulent relationship with the legendary Apple cofounder.

This week, publisher Grove Press announced that 39-year-old Lisa Brennan-Jobs is bringing out a book, "Small Fry," about growing up with the late Apple cofounder and her mother, artist Chrisann Brennan. The Associated Press reports it will be released on September 4, 2018.

A listing on Harper Collins Canada's website suggests the book will approach the senior Jobs critically, saying:  "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."

Lisa Brennan Jobs

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Brennan-Jobs was born in 1978 in a California commune, but Jobs initially denied she was his daughter, though they ultimately reconciled. And in 1983, Apple brought out the Apple Lisa desktop computer (the name nominally standing for Local Integrated Systems Architecture). She went on to study at Harvard University, where her relationship with her father was strained, and at one point he cut her off financially. 

She has gone on to become a writer, and has been published in publications including Vogue. She also helped consult with Aaron Sorkin on his 2015 biographical film of the man, "Steve Jobs."

Here's what Harper Collins Canada wrote about the book:

"Born on a farm and named in a field by her parents—artist Chrisann Brennan and Steve Jobs—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 Lisa Brennan-Jobs’s poignant story of a childhood spent between two imperfect but extraordinary homes. Scrappy, wise, and funny, young Lisa is an unforgettable guide through her parents' fascinating and disparate worlds. Part portrait of a complex family, part love letter to California in the seventies and eighties, Small Fry is an enthralling book by an insightful new literary voice. "

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