Mother's Day Gift Guide

updated 05/12/2003 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/12/2003 01:00AM

Mom's the Word

Real Women Have Curves (HBO DVD, $26.98, or VHS, $50.97)
A Mexican-American teen (America Ferrera) clashes with her traditionalist mother (Lupe Ontiveros) in an irresistible comic movie.

Catch Me If YOU Can (Dream Works DVD, $29.99, or VHS, $107.99)
This swell romp follows a teen (Leonardo DiCaprio) who becomes a con man after his beloved parents—a glamorous French mother (Nathalie Baye) and a failed-businessman father (Christopher Walken)—split up.

Far from Heaven (Universal DVD, $26.98, or VHS, $74.99)
Oscar nominee Julianne Moore delivers a great performance as a '50s housewife and mother whose marriage is crumbling.

In My Mother's Closet by Eugenia Zukerman (Sorin, $24.95)
A touching book of reminiscences about moms from such daughters as Lesley Stahl, Judy Collins, Joy Behar and Mary-Louise Parker. Says Carrie Fisher about her mother Debbie Reynolds's closet: "She always had this weird-ass giant underwear—big underpants and huge bras."

Mamá: Latina Daughters Celebrate Their Mothers by Maria Perez-Brown (Rayo, $27.50)
Among the entries is one by 25th Hour's Rosario Dawson, who recalls that her mom never slowed down for her when they walked through the streets of New York City: "I remember running next to her and in some ways I felt like I was a little person who she respected."

Front Yard Gardens by Liz Primeau (Firefly, $24.95)
Gorgeous photography showcases real front lawns that have been turned into colorful havens with such themes as the Artist's Garden and Southwest Cool.

The Best Of James Taylor (Warner Bros., $18.98)
Mom may still tell you to turn your music down, but who doesn't love Sweet Baby James? The 20 songs on this CD trace the singer-songwriter's 35-year career from flowing mane to balding pate, with remastered renditions of folk-pop faves like "Fire and Rain" plus the aptly titled new track "Bittersweet."

Lillian TOO Feng Shui (Universal, $22.98)
For the New Age homemaker who needs music to move furniture to, this two-disc CD set by various artists combines easy-listening music (like Lee Ann Womack's "Dance Your Cares Away") and spoken-word tips from feng shui consultant Too.

The Very Best Of Cher (Warner Bros./MCA, $18.98)
This collection turns back time on 21 tracks from 1965-2002. They're guaranteed to make you believe again in one of the hippest musical mamas around.

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