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Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Natural Attraction: A Field Guide to Friends, Frenemies, and Other Symbiotic Animal Relationships (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Seeing Science: An Illustrated Guide to the Wonders of the Universe (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Seeing Gender: An Illustrated Guide to Identity and Expression (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Gives a Poop?: Surprising Science from One End to the Other (With: Heather L. Montgomery) (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Iris Gottlieb
Iris Gottlieb is a non-fiction author best known for her non-fiction book Seeing Gender. The talented author is also a collector, printmaker, and illustrator with Exploratorium’s Tinkering Studio in San Francisco and California’s Oakland Museum. Gottlieb’s work has been featured in Smithsonian Magazine, The New York Times, and NPR, among other publications. She enjoys using pen and paper to make science more approachable and less serious for all. In her free time, the author enjoys taking long walks, hanging out with funny people, and eating watermelons in the summer. Gottlieb lives in Oakland, California, with her dog named Bunny.

Seeing Gender
Seeing Gender is a detailed book that looks into the complexities of gender and how we understand it today. The book explains this personal and universal part of humanity in a way that even those who are new in the gender conversation will understand. From the start, it is clear that Gottlieb did her homework. The book is well researched and looks at history, sociology, and science on gender. Gottlieb also narrates about her experiences and struggles with navigating her identity. As someone whose identity goes against the social norms, the author knows firsthand how hard it is for those who are confused about their gender and overall identity.

This book is essential in bringing clarity on matters of gender and how we view it today. It also serves as a reassurance for those navigating the murky waters of personal identity. The author covers the basics and more and start by defining gender versus sex. All LGBTQ+ aspects from the agender to genderqueer are discussed in detail and explained in an easy-to-understand way. The author also includes a list of gender terms towards the end of the book. She explores homosexual behavior even in animals and explains why gender is simply a social construct. In addition to the informative content, this book also comes complete with illustrations. The illustrations elaborate on the content and are well-placed, so they do not interfere with the flow.
Whatever gender you identify with, you will find this book helpful. The author has done an excellent job of describing the people of different genders identify with. It is admirable that she has also given her story allowing the reader to see her journey. Towards the end are photos of Gottlieb after her breasts were removed. She also gives frank information about her transformation and the gender she identifies herself within the present. Gottlieb’s story will make it easier for everyone to see what is wrong with society and why we all need to look at gender with new lenses. There is so much information packed in this small book, and even those who consider themselves knowledgeable on gender matters will have something new to learn.

Seeing Gender is an enlightening read perfect for anyone who cares about sexuality and gender in our current world. It is ideal for any woke person curious to know what LGBTQ+ encompasses. Gender is a complicated topic, and the misunderstandings in society have gone on for far too long. This topic needs attention, and this book couldn’t have been written at a better time. The artwork adds a lot to the content, and the page layouts are like nothing you have seen before. Simply an informative, well-researched book that defies tradition in every possible way.

Seeing Science
Seeing Science is a detailed guide that explains the world of science. Through simple explanations and beautiful artwork, the author brings to life the world of science. In this guide, the author will be explaining everything from the human heart to string theory dimensions. Glaciers are likened to snicker bars, and universal mysteries such as neap tides are explained in such a quirky and straightforward way. Gottlieb’s factual explanations and visual metaphors will fuel your mind and drive you to know about the things discussed in the book. The content has a way of awakening a desire to understand life forces and all our universe encompasses.

This book is colorful and comes with hand-drawn yet neat illustrations. Though small, it is comprehensive and covers chemistry, biology, and even astronomy topics. It comes with both facts and metaphors on a wide range of scientific topics, making it even more fun to read. Since the content is simple, this book is perfect for both children and adults. The trivia makes it ideal for readers who like such kind of books and the artwork, and general style turns this into a fun gift for pop culture fans. You can always research more on each topic the author highlights in this book if you are science-curious.

For teens just getting into science, this book is a wonderful introduction to this often-confusing world. It is incredible how the author covers close to all the sciences and makes it all so interesting. The analogies will make you laugh, and you cannot help but marvel at Gottlieb’s genius, where this book is concerned. It is not everything that you find a book that blends art, science, and humor so well and is as comprehensive as this one. The author’s writing style is also unique, and you will want to keep on turning the pages and seeing how she describes the next scientific element. Since the book is slightly over 150 pages, you can choose to read it all in one sitting or enjoy it in bits as you research more on different topics.

Seeing Science is an entertaining read packed with useful information. Since the author just wets your curiosity, you will most likely enjoy this book in chunks. Do not be surprised if you spend hours researching the concepts and creatures highlighted in this book. The book doesn’t have a plot, but the simple explanations and illustrations do a lot to enhance the flow. This book will make you realize that science can be fun when you are paying attention for those, not into the sciences. There is also humor that is sure to leave a smile on your face.

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