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Steve Jobs’ Daughter Finds Her Own Voice in New Memoir

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If you haven’t read Lisa Brennan-Job’s memoir “Small Fry” (Grove Press) yet, you will likely hear about it because Lisa’s father was Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple.  But this is not a biography of Steve Jobs. Rather, it is a portrait of growing up in California in the eighties and one woman’s quest to understand her family, her place in that family and her place in the world. The outline of her story is relatively well known. Mr. Jobs fathered her at 23, then denied paternity despite a DNA match and gave little in financial or emotional support until later in her life. Surrounded by complicated relationships Lisa spends much of her childhood and adolescence seeking love and acceptance. Despite…

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Reading with Patrick: A Teacher, a Student, a Life-Changing Friendship

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Heartbreaking, inspiring and a tribute to dedication, Reading With Patrick: A Teacher, a Student, and a Life-Changing Friendship is the memoir of an Asian American ‘Teach For America‘ teacher and her friendship with a poor black student in Helena, Arkansas. Their special relationship is in the forefront of the story with race relations, education and the legal system the backdrop for setting. Michelle had always been encouraged by her traditional Taiwanese parents to get an education, settle down and get married. But Michelle found the job of teaching troublesome kids in the Delta extremely rewarding. She stuck with it for a couple of years during which her student, Patrick, attended on occasion. His home life was less than perfect and his family was not…

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