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Looking for a great Mother’s Day gift? We’ve got a library of choices we bet she’ll love next Sunday
Posted on April 28, 2010 at 10:00pm EDT
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MOM'S ONE LINE A DAY $16.95
A five-year journal with room for, yes, a single thought per day.
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DECORATING WITH FLOWERS Paula Pryke ($24.95)
Tips on fabulous arrangements that run the gamut from casual — garden blossoms tucked in jam jars — to ornate.
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THE SEWING BIBLE Ruth Singer ($35)
A practical but beautiful encyclopedia of sewing techniques.
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A LITTLE PIECE OF EARTH Maria Finn ($19)
A small, lovely book about gardening in tight spots: patios, fire escapes, windowsills.
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STUFF EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW Alanna Kalb ($9.95)
A nifty illustrated guide to all things essential: how to throw a football, how to select a great bottle of wine, how to cure a broken heart.
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+ BOOKS FOR COOKS
WHOOPIE PIES Sarah Billingsley and Amy Treadwell ($16.95)
Finally, a cookbook dedicated to the pillowy, cream-filled treats.
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BAREFOOT CONTESSA RECIPE JOURNAL ($15.99)
An index to all of Ina Garten's famed cookbooks that also serves as a diary.
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THE BOOK OF TAPAS Simone & Inés Ortega ($39.95)
A stunningly photographed compilation of classic Spanish recipes.
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IN THE GREEN KITCHEN Alice Waters ($28)
Techniques every cook should know: how to roast a chicken, whisk a mayonnaise.
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LUSCIOUS COCONUT DESSERTS Lori Longbotham ($19.95)
An array of mouthwatering treats from a self-described coconut addict.
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THE SONO BAKING COMPANY COOKBOOK John Barricelli ($35)
Grissini, apple pizzette, French blueberry tartlets, and more.
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+ FOR THE MOM WHO LOVES TO READ
THE LOTUS EATERS Tatjana Soli ($24.99)
A terrific and moving debut novel about the lives of three people affected by the Vietnam War.
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ROMANCING MISS BRONTË Juliet Gael ($25)
A poignant fictional take on Charlotte Brontë's life that draws heavily from real letters.
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SMALL WARS Sadie Jones ($24.99)
The story of a marriage — and a first-rate historical novel, set in war-torn 1956 Cyprus.
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+ FOR CRAFTY TYPES
THE ART OF GIFT WRAPPING Wanda Wen ($24.99)
The secret? Dried flowers, old stamps, stones, mica glitter, hard candy...
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BUILT BY WENDY DRESSES Wendy Mullin ($27.50)
DIY patterns and instructions for moms who love Mullin's ready-to-wear line.
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FRENCH GENERAL TREASURED NOTIONS Kaari Meng ($24.99)
Ways to use vintage flea-market baubles in charming craft projects.
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WHIP UP MINI QUILTS Kathreen Ricketson ($24.95)
A guide to making offbeat pint-size quilts for pillows, wall art.
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+ GARDEN VARIETY BOOKS
PARADISE UNDER GLASS Ruth Kassinger ($24.99)
A sumptuously written history of greenhouse horticulture.
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SISSINGHURST Adam Nicolson ($27.95)
Vita Sackville-West's grandson on how he helped rescue her legendary gardens.
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+ BOOKS FOR DESIGNING WOMEN
FLAIR Joe Nye ($29.95)
For moms looking for unusual ways to turn their parties into drop-dead-gorgeous events.
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CLASSIC AND MODERN FABRICS Janet Wilson ($75)
A showstoppingly beautiful annotated compendium of all textiles in use today.
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PAULA DEEN'S SAVANNAH STYLE Paula Deen ($29.99)
A lavish celebration of Deen's harp-studded, swagged, over-the-top Southern aesthetic.
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THE SUMMER COTTAGE Kathleen Quigley ($45)
A glimpse inside riverside summer houses that's pure decorating porn.