Reader’s Digest Classics

We've hunted through decades of our magazine to share the most memorable and popular stories and articles.

A Neighbor's Generosity Spreads Beyond Original Gift
A Neighbor’s Generosity Spreads Beyond Original Gift

The Reader's Digest classic, originally published as "Effie's Compound Interest," explores how one… >>

RD Interview: Robin Williams, in His Own Words
RD Interview: Robin Williams, in His Own Words

Robin Williams was unscripted and uncensored—and you could always expect the unexpected, as in… >>

“I Escaped From Cuba in the Wheels of a DC-8″

This incredible Reader's Digest classic story of a teenager who escaped from Cuba by flying in the… >>

Me and the Supreme Court
Me and the Supreme Court

Moments like this create the memories of a lifetime. >>

The Pig Who Loved People
The Pig Who Loved People

He wasn’t what you’d expect in a pet—or even in a pig. >>

Staring Down a Sawmill Chipper With Two Seconds to Live
Staring Down a Sawmill Chipper With Two Seconds to Live

Suddenly, young Ron Gillis was being pulled, inexorably, toward the whirling blades of the… >>

What I Learned in the Shoe Store
What I Learned in the Shoe Store

Mr. Hill taught me more than just selling. >>

The Husband Who Vanished
The Husband Who Vanished

For 15 years, Anne McDonnell lived in limbo—not knowing whether her Jim was dead or alive. Then… >>

The Greatest Gift a Dad Can Give His Daughter
The Greatest Gift a Dad Can Give His Daughter

My father's fondest expressions of love flowed not from his words, but from his hands. >>

The Summer I Learned to Really See
The Summer I Learned to Really See

A wise grandmother opens a small girl’s eyes to the treasures around them. >>

—And Sudden Death: The Reader's Digest Classic
—And Sudden Death: The Reader’s Digest Classic

If you have the nerve to drive fast and take chances, you ought to read this classic article from… >>

The Unforgettable Legacy of Miss Bessie Taylor Gwynn
The Unforgettable Legacy of Miss Bessie Taylor Gwynn

The lessons she taught went far beyond the three Rs. >>

A Reader's Digest Classic: Kidnapped and Buried Alive!
A Reader’s Digest Classic: Kidnapped and Buried Alive!

His abductors had entombed him in a flimsy wooden box in the middle of nowhere. As days ticked by… >>

When a Little Girl Discovered the Miracle of Mermaids
When a Little Girl Discovered the Miracle of Mermaids

The child was inconsolable after her father died. Nothing seemed to help, until... >>

A Reader's Digest Classic: Feathered Friend
A Reader’s Digest Classic: Feathered Friend

"Why not get a parrot?" Pat Myers' daughter suggested. And so the unlikely love story began. >>

The Ordeal of John Cali
The Ordeal of John Cali

Police thought the deaths of his wife and daughter to be a murder-suicide—but he knew that… >>

Are You a Creative Creature or the Village Videot?
Are You a Creative Creature or the Village Videot?

Living is more than watching and listening. It is doing. (This Reader's Digest classic short story… >>

What July 4th Was Like When I Was a Child
What July 4th Was Like When I Was a Child

A paean to the gorgeous, glorious Fourth, this Reader's Digest classic story appeared in 1968 as… >>

From Street Kids to Royal Knights
From Street Kids to Royal Knights

How a caring teacher and the game of chess changed lives in the ghetto. >>

The Star That Was Caught in the Branches
The Star That Was Caught in the Branches

Eight-­year­-olds were not supposed to be astir at this hour. But I wanted to sit in the swing… >>