The Bite in the Apple: A Memoir of My Life with Steve Jobs

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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...

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Overview

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.

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Steve Jobs was just four when his father abandoned his family. Less than two decades, he would commit a similar act, denying paternity of his illegitimate child, and thus forcing the mother to go on welfare even though he was already affluent. The mother of the infant girl was Chrisann Brennan, the author of this book. At first a high school chum and then his first serious girlfriend, Brennan watched as Jobs' worldwide vision took over, turning a once idealistic young man into someone whose emotions had somehow become monstrously misshapen. This memoir, so different from any other book about the Apple icon, makes fascinating, if sometimes disturbing reading.

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2013-11-11
Free-wheeling memoir of the author's relationship with the young Steve Jobs, which led to the birth of their daughter, Lisa. When artist Brennan writes that "[t]he histories of women involved with so-called great men occupy a shabby territory in the public's mind," it is a poor strategy to deflect potential criticism of motives and conduct, for it dodges personal responsibility, something she imparts to Jobs, who swarmed with "misanthropic confusion." Their on-again, off-again relationship was never smooth, and the author could relate to Jobs' adoptive mother's comment: "Steve was so difficult a child that by the time he was two I felt we had made a mistake. I wanted to return him." Regardless, the author "knew he was a genius when I first saw him because his eyes shone with brilliant, complicated cartwheels of light," that he "had a big conversation going on inside," and when he spoke, "[h]e would often say things that seemed to come from the high winds of a vast plain." In Jobs, she found a seeker who came with a price--"Highs and lows are what it takes to break the mold of previous consciousness and allow world-shattering ideas to be birthed"--but Jobs was psychologically damaged goods, needy of all the attention, and "[h]e'd wipe people out in the process" of getting it. Brennan writes of their taking LSD, Jobs' Zen teacher and his friendships, and a sweet vignette of days on a communal farm, yet she provides nothing groundbreaking. Jobs was cheap and caustic and tried to drive a stake between mother and daughter--though seemingly worthy criticism bleeds into odd psychological speculation: "I will be clear. Steve was not a sexual predator of children. There was something else going on…my sense is that part of Steve's fractured emotional development resulted in his ludicrously fetishizing sexuality and romance." For those who require the full Jobs collection.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781250038760
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 10/29/2013
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 936,653
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

CHRISANN BRENNAN is a painter living in the San Francisco Bay area.

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