Tina Jordan
April 30, 2010 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Mom’s One Line a Day ($$16.95)
A five-year journal with room for, yes, a single thought per day.

The Long Song Andrea Levy ($26)
A stirring novel set in 1830s Jamaica on a sugar plantation.

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.

Whoopie Pies
Sarah Billingsley and Amy Treadwell ($16.95) Finally, a cookbook dedicated to the pillowy, cream-filled treats.

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.

The Sewing Bible
Ruth Singer ($35) A practical but beautiful encyclopedia of sewing techniques.

A Little Piece of Earth
Maria Finn ($19) A small, lovely book about gardening in tight spots: patios, fire escapes, windowsills.

More Gifts for Mother’s Day

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.

Romancing Miss Brontë
Juliet Gael ($25) A poignant fictional take on Charlotte Brontë’s life that draws heavily from real letters.

Small Wars
Sadie Jones ($24.99) The story of a marriage — and a first-rate historical novel, set in war-torn 1956 Cyprus.

A Ticket to the Circus
Norris Church Mailer ($26) The last wife of Norman Mailer dishes on their turbulent 27-year marriage.

For Crafty Types

The Art of Gift Wrapping
Wanda Wen ($24.99) The secret? Dried flowers, old stamps, stones, mica glitter, hard candy….

Built by Wendy Dresses
Wendy Mullin ($27.50) DIY patterns and instructions for moms who love Mullin’s ready-to-wear line.

French General Treasured Notions
Kaari Meng ($24.99) Ways to use vintage flea-market baubles in charming craft projects.

Whip Up Mini Quilts
Kathreen Ricketson ($24.95) A guide to making offbeat pint-size quilts for pillows, wall art.

Books for Cooks

Barefoot Contessa Recipe Journal
($15.99) An index to all of Ina Garten’s famed cookbooks that also serves as a diary.

The Book of Tapas
Simone & Inés Ortega ($39.95) A stunningly photographed compilation of classic Spanish recipes.

Joseluis Flores ($29.95) A yummy collection of Latin American desserts — three-milk coconut cake, anyone?

In the Green Kitchen
Alice Waters ($28) Techniques every cook should know: how to roast a chicken, whisk a mayonnaise.

Luscious Coconut Desserts
Lori Longbotham ($19.95) An array of mouthwatering treats from a self-described coconut addict.

The Sono Baking Company Cookbook
John Barricelli ($35) Grissini, apple pizzette, French blueberry tartlets, and more.

Garden Variety Books

Paradise Under Glass
Ruth Kassinger ($24.99) A sumptuously written history of greenhouse horticulture.

Adam Nicolson ($27.95) Vita Sackville-West’s grandson on how he helped rescue her legendary gardens.

Books for Designing Women

Joe Nye ($29.95) For moms looking for unusual ways to turn their parties into drop-dead-gorgeous events.

Classic and Modern Fabrics
Janet Wilson ($75) A showstoppingly beautiful annotated compendium of all textiles in use today.

Paula Deen’s Savannah Style
Paula Deen ($29.99) A lavish celebration of Deen’s harp-studded, swagged, over-the-top Southern aesthetic.

The Summer Cottage
Kathleen Quigley ($45) A glimpse inside riverside summer houses that’s pure decorating porn.

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