These photo essays are short pictorals of an average family in various countries around the world. Menzel found families willing to bring the entire contents of their houses out so he could photograph them. The images are fascinating and startling. Vignettes, like TVs around the world, keep the book from seeming too bleak. Included on the 3-4 pages on each family are stats. on the average income, life expectancy, literacy rate and birth rate for each country. Personal interviews are also included – interesting, strange and often sad. Women in the Material World contains much of the same information and images as Material World, though presented from a woman’s perspective. Check them out and see how the other 98% lives.