May 25, 1987 12:00 PM

photographs by Barbra Walz; interviews by Jill Barber

The 30 mothers in question are all celebrities in one way or another, but there are very few of those all-too-familiar, odious complaints about how hard it is to raise children when you’re a woman who makes $11 million a year and has a corps of live-in helpers. Most of the brief interviews that accompany Walz’s often touching photographs have to do with the emotional tribulations and joys of motherhood. Carly Simon talks of her son by ex-husband James Taylor: “Ben tells me he misses Dad when he’s with me, and he misses me when he’s with Dad. There’s never a time when he doesn’t miss the love of one of us. There’s never a time when he can have the love of both parents together.” Golfer Nancy Lopez sounds churlish in objecting that while she and her husband, baseball player Ray Knight, have two children, his son from an earlier marriage lives with his ex-wife: “Unfortunately, we both travel and the court won’t let him be with us.” Amy Irving is one mother who discusses how hard it is for her, what with having to organize the duties of her live-in couple, cook and mother’s helper. She also reveals that, on the advice of her husband, Steven Spielberg, before the birth of their son, Max, she sandpapered her nipples because someone told Spielberg that it would prepare her for breast-feeding. “Stupid me,” she notes. Astronaut Anna Fisher says of daughter Kristen: “Her first words were ‘Mummy’ and ‘Daddy,’ and her next word was ‘jet.’ ” Sally Quinn writes of her son, Quinn, who was born with a heart defect and has endured numerous medical problems: “I’ve hated every minute, and there hasn’t been a day that I haven’t wished that Quinn had been healthy and well and never had to go through this—he wasn’t. There is nothing I can do except give him my best and make him as well as he can be.” Among the other women in this often revealing book are actresses Rae Dawn Chong, Andie MacDowell and Jane Seymour, Gov. Martha Layne Collins, musician Tina Weymouth and artist Susan Rothenberg. Walz is a New York-based personality photographer, Barber an Australian-born free-lancer. (Dolphin, paper, $12.95)

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