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The Mercy by Philip Levine | Saturday, January 02, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

January 2nd, 2016

Episode 450 of 788 episodes

The ship that took my mother to Ellis Island eighty-three years ago was named “The Mercy.” She remembers trying to eat a banana without first peeling it and seeing her first orange in the hands of a young Scot, a seaman who gave her a bite and wiped her mouth for her with a red... Read more »

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