Of course the decades between those extremes offer countless opportunities for closeness and caring. Focusing on 37 sets of women, Wohlmuth and Saline captured some of the ways mothers and daughters relate. There's Kate Shupe, a Virginia matriarch in her 90s, who still dishes out advice to her nine daughters; Regina Tepfer from New Jersey, who received a kidney from her recently deceased mother; and actress Janet Leigh and her daughter Jamie Lee Curtis, who makes a point of calling her mother each year on the exact anniversary of her birth—that is, at 8:36 a.m. on Nov. 22—to say thank you. Yet as the women on these pages reveal, mothers and daughters everywhere tend to long for the same thing. "It boils down to love," says Wohlmuth. "They want to hear, 'You are a wonderful daughter; you are a wonderful mother. No matter what.' "