by Joyce Ostin
If you don't want to read another word about celebrity moms staying up all night when their kids have a sniffle, this is the book for you. This handsome collection simply offers alluring black-and-white photos of about 50 mothers with their girls: There's Olivia Newton-John and Chloe, Gillian Anderson and Piper, and Téa Leoni and Madeleine "West" Duchovny, who, at almost 1, looks an awful lot like her daddy, David. And as in any good gallery of portraiture, there is a Madonna
and child—in this case, one named Lourdes.
Photographer Ostin is friends with many of her subjects, including actress and writer Carrie Fisher (who penned the book's introduction and poses with mom Debbie Reynolds and daughter Billie, whose father is Hollywood agent Bryan Lourd), and everyone pitched in for a noble cause. A breast cancer survivor, Ostin is donating 100 percent of the proceeds from this work to help fight the disease. (Abrams, $29.95)
Bottom Line: A real filial-good book