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The Bite in the Apple: A Memoir of My Life with Steve Jobs Kindle Edition
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An intimate look at the life of Steve Jobs by the mother of his first child 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 a more real Steve Jobs.
About the Author
- ASIN : B00BY5QWUC
- Publisher : St. Martin's Press (October 29, 2013)
- Publication date : October 29, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 749 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 326 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1250056527
- Best Sellers Rank: #696,297 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This is a very unique and personal look at Steve Job's life, by his first girlfriend. She quotes Mona Simpson, "Whoever you know before 25, you know for life". And certainly this is the case with Chrisann Brennan. She first met Jobs in 1972, and she describes how he was a teenager - sad that his birth parents abandoned him, intelligent, sweet and romantic and always inquisitive about everything. He also seemed to have a sense of his destiny - he knew he would be rich and die "in his forties". They have an on-again off-again relationship for 5 years. Chrisann describes what was happening in his life around the time Apple was born. She describes Job's parents, Clara and Paul Jobs, and their unique parenting. There was a lot of uncertainty in Job's life. The Job's family nearly did not get him, as his biological mother wanted a college graduate couple. For several months, this stand off went on, and the Job's took Steve's birth mother to court. They were scared to love Steve during this time, in case they could not keep him.
There is a lot of the culture of the 70's before the era of mobile computing and smart phones. She talks of what Jobs and she did together, the experiences of taking LSD, and travelling around India (they went separately). They were madly in love. Then Apple was formed, and the story changes. He changes and becomes very entitled and cruel.
Their relationship ends when she gets pregnant. Chrisann says she was often dismissed as a "quack job and hanger-on" by Steve Job's official biographers and the press. She gives her side of the story. She stopped going to work in Apple, because it was too humiliating. She is forced to raise their daughter in near poverty. Jobs was often "stingy". He also refused to admit paternity for a long time. Things change, and gradually Lisa becomes a part of his life.
A few cons: 1. Chrisann's writing is often flowery and prosaic, and sometimes hard facts are difficult to tease. 2. Once again, there is not much exploration of Steve's relationship with his sister Patty. She is just talked about in the book in passing and 3. The book is very much about her "feelings and connections" and lacks a proper chronological order, flitting from one time to another. For example, she does not talk about the time Lisa went to stay with her father in her teens.
She concludes by saying despite Apple being a great company, the same cannot be said about Jobs as a person.
I enjoyed it very much and it is a page-turner.
If you're reading this book because you're primarily a technologist, a huge Steve Jobs fan, an admirer of his business accomplishments, or want a tell-all of his whole life story you're likely to be sorely disappointed. Read the Isaacson biography.
This is a personal narrative. It's for people who are interested in a deep study of his character - him as the whole human - the same people that may pick up an obscure book like Mona Simpson's A Regular Guy or John Sculley's From Pepsi to Apple. If you have never heard of those two people nor those two books then this book is probably not for you.
With that in mind - if you are such a deep student of Steve Jobs character then you will find this book rewarding. There is new information about his teen years and 80s personal life that has not been revealed in any previous mass market book, film, or interview to my knowledge (and I've read/seen just about all of them).
What I liked best about this book, other than the SJ insights, and also what it seems other reviewers found frustrating is the authenticity of the narrative. Chrisann tells her story with her voice. She's hippyish and crunchy, but also insightful and incredibly descriptive in a succinct, good way. I rationalize that she must have kept a diary, because her memories come off so vividly from the page.
If you want to understand the culture that Steve Jobs immersed himself in just prior to launching Apple, there is no better book. And if you want some new insights into Steve Jobs the person from someone who knew him intimately and you don't mind some love stories, teenage angst, and family squabbles then you will love this book. But again this is a deep cut - a book only for those very very interested in the field of Steve Jobs Studies.
PS I also learned a lot about the culture of the 70s alternative movement - I even felt transported back into another time and place during some pages. Two small critiques are some typos/grammatical mistakes and that higher quality photographs could've been chosen for the book center.
In the beginning, I was tempted to consider this book as another one of the many that have been written on the topic. However, all along the well-written pages, I found the missing part of this amazing story, which far too many times have been told just to idealize and build the aura of genius around the Steve Jobs.
Chrisann Brennan does a remarkable job in her memoir, pointing out essential details that on the one hand could undermine the almost divine image of the genius of the silicon valley but on the other hand fit perfectly with the character, giving it a much better border of who he really was.
At this point, most of us have read something about Steve Jobs, and we all know that something is always be missing from the narrative about his character. This book is the missing dowel.
This is not just the story of the Genius when he did not know about it yet; this is an incredible journey into a time almost forgotten and its ideals; a journey of a single mother in a society that still tends to forget who is the real hero.
To be read.
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Ich fand die Entscheidungen, die sie getroffen hat, nicht immer nachvllziehbar, manchmal habe ich gedacht, geh doch einfach mal arbeiten wie wir alle. Andererseits ist es bestimmt nicht leicht, wenn der Vater des eigenen Kindes Multimillionär ist und man selbst keinen Cent hat.
Ihre Beschreibungen von Jobs sind bereichernd und mehr als einmal war ich baff und musste auflachen.
Sie ist selbst Künstlerin und das macht ihre Beschreibungen und Sichtweisen umso reicher. Also eine klare Empfehlung!