The Bite in the Apple

The Bite in the Apple

A Memoir of My Life With Steve Jobs

Book - 2013
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"An intimate look at the life of Steve Jobs by the mother of his first child and a complement to Walter Isaacson's biography, providing rare insight into Jobs's formative, lesser-known years. Steve Jobs was a remarkable man who wanted to unify the world through technology. For him, the point was to set people free with tools to explore their own unique creativity. Chrisann Brennan knows this better than anyone. She met him in high school, at a time when Jobs was passionately aware that there was something much bigger to be had out of life, and that new kinds of revelations were within reach. The Bite in the Apple is the very human tale of Jobs's ascent and the toll it took, told from the author's unique perspective as his first girlfriend, co-parent, friend, and--like many others--object of his cruelty. Brennan writes with depth and breadth, and she doesn't buy into all the hype. She talks with passion about an idealistic young man who was driven to change the world, about a young father who denied his own child, and about a man who mistook power for love. Chrisann Brennan's intimate memoir provides the reader with a human dimension to Jobs' myth. Finally, a book that reveals the real Steve Jobs"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2013
ISBN: 9781250048547
Characteristics: xi, 307 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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HCL_staff_reviews Apr 10, 2020

A fascinating and alternative view of Steve Jobs through the eyes of the mother of his first child Lisa. Chrisann Brennan met Steve in high school. Her artistic talent and Steve's quirky personality and intelligence attracted them to each other. They had an on again-off again relationship for years, and sometimes stayed in touch while they dated others. When Chrisann told Steve she was pregnant with his child, he denied paternity and dropped her for good. This happened at the start of his Apple business ventures. Not a flattering picture of Steve Jobs but this is not an angry tell-all. It's intelligent and thoughtful. I found Chrisann to be quite different from her sad portrayal in the recent movie Steve Jobs. She talks about her struggles as a single mom and artist while not discouraging Steve's awkward attempts to be a father to Lisa when Lisa was in elementary school. Chrisann's epilogue when she learns of Steve's death in 2011 touched me. -- Kim B., Ridgedale Library

Jan 01, 2019

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.

loveablelibrarian Nov 16, 2013

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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