From Publishers Weekly
In the tradition of Sisters, the bestselling coffee-table book that featured photographs of and essays by sisters both famous and not, comes Hollywood Moms, showcasing the photography of Joyce Ostin with an introduction by Carrie Fisher. Among the mothers and daughters included are Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson (on the cover); Rosanna and Patricia Arquette holding a photo of their deceased mom, Mardiningish Arquette; Dyan Cannon and Jennifer Grant; and Jennifer Lopez with her mom, Guadalupe. Among the best are apparently unposed, private moments, such as Rosie O'Donnell concentrating intently on her daughter, Chelsea. With a projected first printing of 50,000 copies, this book has the makings of a hot-selling Mother's Day gift.
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Ostin's book gilds the popular relationship photo-book concept with the sheen of showbiz. Each black-and-white picture in it displays a mother and daughter or daughters, and sometimes a granddaughter or three. At least one woman in each picture is an entertainment pro, and at least one person in each picture responds to the question, "What are the most nourishing moments you've shared with your mother or daughter?" Ostin is a very professional photographer, capable of making even Madonna look natural and nurturing. The likes of Debbie Reynolds, Candice Bergen, Gillian Anderson, Sheryl Crow, and Vanna White are naturally less challenging but, happily hugging their daughters, no less endearing. Ray OlsonCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved