The Mother Lode

UPDATED 05/10/2004 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 05/10/2004 at 01:00 AM EDT

DVDs
Gilmore Girls: The Complete First Season
If Mom is already devoted to this sassy, smart series about a mother and daughter—or you think it's time she joined the club—present her with this six-DVD set.

Calendar Girls
There's jolly good fun in this 2003 comedy based on a true story about a group of small-town, middle-aged British women who pose nude for a calendar to raise charity funds.

Love Actually
This winning, warm romantic comedy starring Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson and Liam Neeson follows the overlapping lives and love stories of a group of Londoners.

A Room with a View
The course of true love doesn't run smoothly in this period romance originally released in 1986. Helena Bonham Carter and Daniel Day-Lewis—were they ever this young?—star along with Maggie Smith.

Barbra Streisand: The Concert—Live at the MGM Grand
This DVD captures the Las Vegas performance that launched La Streisand's first tour in 27 years on New Year's Eve 1993.

CDs
Michael Bublé: Come Fly with Me
The spirit of Sinatra lives on in this Vancouver crooner, whose CD/DVD combo package features live versions of Ol' Blue Eyes faves like the title track.

Lee Ann Womack: Greatest Hits
For the mother who's a little bit country, this set, including the No.1 hit "I Hope You Dance," will make her smile.

BOOKS
You Make Me Feel Like an Unnatural Woman by Judith Newman
The author spares no embarrassing details in this diary detailing seven agonizing but hilarious years she spent trying to get pregnant. At the age of 42, she succeeded—and became the mother of twin boys.

I'm Becoming My Mother by Anne Taintor
In this campy collection, '50s-era images of Betty Crocker types are set off by wisecracking captions with a modern sensibility. (Sample: A housewife looking at a shiny new pot thinks, "Gee thanks, Santa...but I asked for take-out menus.")

Founding Mothers by Cokie Roberts
ABC News commentator Roberts tells the story of the birth of a nation from a female point of view, providing portraits of famous women as well as lesser known heroines such as Mercy Otis Warren, whose anonymous plays and pamphlets called for revolution.

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