The best thing about this book is that it pretty much affirms what was written by Steve Jobs' first child, Lisa, in her best-selling book f 2018, "Small Fry". "Small Fry" is a far better book, by leaps and bounds, and never gets tiring. This book delves deep into a mystic, seeking sub-culture that its author and Steve Jobs embraced, and in the process loses me repeatedly. If you're considering reading this, I'd say to first read the far better "Small Fry" and then see if this is even necessary. And with both books I cannot help but wonder why Chrisann Brennan (Lisa's mother and author of this book) did not hire an attorney early on and get what she was rightfully entitled to.
Soul searching memoir? Vengeful cash grab? This book has been called a lot of things and I honestly am not sure where I stand. But I can tell you, it is one compelling read. As someone with a minor interest in Steve Jobs the most gripping aspect of this memoir, for me, was the perspective.
While I did tire of Brennan's somewhat condescending passages about actions Jobs should have taken to be more "decent" and "appropriate", my interest was piqued by her unique way of interpreting events. Brennan's narrative touches on issues of power, technology and the women's movement but I don't know if I've read about any of these from a perspective like hers.
While I don't necessarily share the same beliefs I felt that this perspective is unique and compelling. I kept yearning for someone to talk about this book with!
Overall, a truly eccentric read that has the potential to spark conversation.
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