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The first edition, now available

Same Difference / Life in France: Peter Mayle Got Some of It Right

by Howard Dinin

new cover

By turns touching, stand-offish, elegant, elegiac, sardonic and always somehow familiar, Howard writes in an authentic way about authentic experiences by an authentic American with the great good luck to fall in love with a country and then arrange to spend enough time there to write about it and its people in a refreshing, and, did I say, authentic manner. Everything else about him may be as phony as a three-dollar bill, but Howard delivers the goods in a way many great authors before him, with the exception of one other ex-advertising pitchman, whose name shall go unmentioned (except for the front cover), have delivered, once they recovered from the experience of merely being in this marvelous, yet marvelously ordinary part of the world. Real people live there, and it's mainly by way of examining their milieu that Howard works his verbal charms. And it doesn't take a year, but almost 20. Howard concentrates on the seven or eight most recent of these in this collection of essays.

If you don't like the original, Limited Edition cover, shown below, known as the "naughty cover," the official first edition shown above is now available, with the cute picture of all the cute French retirees...

Special Offer: signed and numbered limited edition of 100

cover of Same Difference

From the authentic rounded and pink French tush on the front cover to the completely faux blurbs from historic figures (all dead) on the back, this book justifies the expenditure in paper and ink (and glue, and some other bits) and largely sustainable resources.

Exhaustive marketing analysis (I talked to a couple guys, and also three women flipped out at this cover, showing the blatantly distorted, fish-eye lens photo of a perfectly lovely Frenchwoman's perfectly lovely French derriére) demonstrates conclusively that the Special Limited Edition cover above, meant to attract attention, is not really in keeping with the actual character, charm, and flavor of the writing, or the subject matter. It does attract attention, but what I want to attract is genuine interest and, frankly, "ka-ching" (cash register sales). Hence the "official" first edition, registered with the U.S. Library of Congress and Copyright Office, is now available. See above, at the top of the page. And order accordingly.

Features of both editions

A number of original photographs, chosen for their apposite qualities to the text, to add some visual reference and render the book of greater interest.

A brief set of references for further reading of interest.

Printed in the United States.
Acid-free paper, perfect-bound, 184 pages, all photos in full color.
$17.95, plus tax, and any applicable shipping and handling costs.
ISBN: 978-0-9792636-0-6

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Editions of SameDiff
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The order page will allow you your choice of either edition. The Limited ("Rounded & Pink"), signed and numbered, Edition is in, as the designation suggests, limited supply and when the 100 copies are gone, there will be no more, and it will be withdrawn from being on offer.