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“Daughters have a bone to pick with their mothers,” writes Faye Moskowitz, editor of the anthology Her Face in the Mirror: Jewish Women on Mothers and Daughters (Beacon, 314 pp., $24). The George Washington University associate professor of English verified this ambivalence when she began collecting submissions for her book; she received some 500 manuscripts through word-of-mouth advertising alone, and more than 50 writers ultimately contributed short stories, essays, poems, and excerpts. D.C.-area writers including Judith Viorst, Jody Bolz, and Jean Nordhaus made the cut, as did Grace Paley, Kim Chernin, and some new voices. Moskowitz’s only disappointment is that she didn’t receive more submissions from Orthodox Jewish women, who “have difficulty writing negative things about their parents” because of reverence for their elders. This omission notwithstanding, Her Face in the Mirror demonstrates a universal mother/daughter bond; Moskowitz juxtaposes the selections so as to “dramatize the blurring of lines between genres…and, yes, the blurring of lines between generations.” The anthologist, whose own mother died when she was a child, has two daughters of her own and knows firsthand that “mothers and daughters have very real differences.” She asserts, however, that her book carries a “theme of reconciliation.”