ALICE HARRISON, an American of Austrian and British stock, is above all things a born and bred New Yorker. A graduate of Bryn Mawr, her school, high school and post college life were all spent in New York. Her proclivity for foreign languages is legion, speaking English, French, Russian and Spanish fluently with a liberal smattering of Chinese and German. She has put them to good use in three different vocations at the United Nations. They have accentuated her love for travel and she has explored widely on most continents including every country in Europe, big or small. She currently manages a UN Staff Fund for grass roots projects in developing countries.


MEETUP ENGLISH CLASSES were held based on the book.  If you want more write me on Facebook. 
Many  readings  have been held here at the United Nations
for Translators and Editors
signing for 1% Fund
Signing for UN Staff 1%
for Development Fund

  and a couple of quotes

The most interesting thing about New York is serendipity - the unexpected.
Time is a serious business one cannot see or hear but it rules the length of our lives
from Tom Church: I just finished your book. I quite enjoyed it and it brought back many memories of living in the city. The style is enjoyable and really helps to understand the author. I would enjoy seeing more writers use it. Thank you.
From Martin Reader, Headmaster of Wellington School I have been meaning to drop you a line for a while, having really enjoyed  Mid-Manhattan.  As you claim, a refreshing read for hectic times, although I claim a certain amount of both jealousy and admiration of a city that allows you to work so hard, eat so well and be entertained on the grandest of scales.  I liked the authorial thoughts linking the  narrative, and as an outsider it was a refreshing combination of novel and travel writing and philosophy.  Congratulations.  I hope it continues to be well received.  It was lovely that the character of the city was so vividly drawn and personal.

The note from the Author published on the UN Intranet

Are you the quiet type? Don't say much? Well you just might have a novel lurking in you somewhere. Mine started when I decided to free up my Saturday mornings, before I did anything else, to write. Actually, that started in a New York moment. I passed the Center for Fiction and picked a book by Evelyn Waugh from outside.  I got so hooked I read three more that summer and when I figured out that he took most of his inspiration from experience, I thought I could do the same. So I did.

Now, you wonder, how did I, the avid, diligent worker, keep myself from writing during office hours. Well, it was easy. We had open seating and I need absolutely full undistracted concentration to write. So I couldn't. I could think while walking on the street to work in the morning, that was it. In fact, my work, language referencing, is very detailed. It inspired me to write in only one way, as its antithesis. Remembering details in my past was a similar challenge,... however, in the processes it required. I bet you want to know more about my short life as a writer, so diametrically opposed to what I do on the job. (Except of course for when I entered in the St. Jerome translation contest and won a prize.) It has many aspects I could not have guessed when I got involved.
Writing itself is wonderful, even though I only just discovered it. The only thing I had ever penned before my novel was some poems. So how did I choose what to write about? I chose Mid-Manhattan, a reflection of my experience, since I was born here. I had to choose a cover for the book, in fact, after a tip from an author I met over breakfast in Ireland, to self-publish the whole thing. But that difficulty was only computer-related.
Thereafter, I also became responsible for promoting the book with nothing to guide me but my own imagination. Of course there is room for many parties, readings, signings etc. You are well advised to have good friends, some of my best friends are my graphic designer from Lincoln Center and the soon to retire Head of the English Translation Service. Good nerves are in order for those days the numbers just don’t go up. It took me a long while to stop being addicted to checking. Still, I urge you to write, and to publish.

Mid-Manhattan  Jerry meets Amanda at a concert on the Great Lawn in Central Park by promptly spilling a bottle of wine down her front.  This has lifelong consequences.  He is a research scientist aspiring to be an artist.  Amanda is a teacher with a restaurant column byline in the New York Times.


Jerry and Amanda celebrate the year’s holidays, lending tradition importance, with his sister Lisa, the Philharmonic pianist and her French boyfriend Jack or Jacques (as the situation calls for), yummy world class chef.  Creation, whether by art or article, music or cuisine runs deep as a theme throughout the story.


The novel is punctuated with philosophies, snippets of the author’s own thinking on a variety of subjects.  Indeed, the author invented this literary format herself.  As the characters get to know New York rather well, so does the reader.  The book is thus also a very laidback tour of midtown and its many highlights, from the ordinary to the spectacular.


The novel has an elegant, endearing quality in that it avoids any overtones of violence or addiction to computers.  It is relaxing and pleasant, quasi-Victorian or English in style, although firmly anchored in the present.  It was created as a period piece to reflect this time for the future as well as the place as it is now.  Above all it is an activity-charged slice of life in the big city, packed with the atmosphere for which Mid-Manhattan is so well known.


 this present is effortless
and great for everyone on your list 

and in restaurants for retirees.

                             British Schools and Universities Club
Everyone has been saying such nice things
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On Amazon: What a charming tale - Alice captured the characters in all their Manhattan characteristics! I highly recommend this story! You will not be dissapointed.
from Ros Murphy: I'm really enjoying my journey through New York with dear Jerry and Amanda. Thank you for introducing them to me! It's great to hear so much about all the lesser heard of places and to fondly remember the places we have been to as well. I like your thoughts as well. It does set off a chain of reflections!  
Well done! It's a great read!
from Michael Cassandra: I loved your book...the word used by Chuck was effervescent and I would agree, bubbly and warm and romantic. It takes the harshness out of hard brick and steel walls that permeate the center of town, like breathing the fresh air of a waterfall and garden in the middle of midtown block.
from Mike Mehary: Just finished reading Mid-Manhattan - loved it. What a great way to find out what New York can really be about. The book inspired my family's inaugural visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art - what a great place !! Can't believe I've never been there before. I loved the veiled, then not so veiled, references to the hash. Have a great Thanksgiving and as the book ends - On On.
from Latvian author Dzidra Zeberina-Damerel: In the first part of the book Alice Harrison in short segments, catches New York's vibrant essence and energy of the whole world admirably.  She takes us from the Metropolitan Museum to farmers' markets, from the opera ot steet vendors and musicians in the subway, to waterfalls and gardens, shops and restaurants.    I have been in New York several times, found it exciting, full of surprises, like the book.  The few people are interesting, too, as are the comparisons to other cities.  I have been to the perfume factory in Grasse!    I said wow! about the thought about love -- is one attracted to the person or to love.    Author's knowledge is great about everything, from the history of polka dots to art, music, architecture, gardening and culinary skills.  Almost too much when single exhibits and shows are described at great length.  Certainly not for the average American reader of mysteries or romances.