Reader’s Digest Classics

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

  • The Pig Who Loved People

    The Pig Who Loved People

    Pigger wasn't what you'd expect in a pet—or even in a pig. Here's how he saved one woman from depression. >>

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… >>

When Curtis Pride Heard the Stadium Cheer
When Curtis Pride Heard the Stadium Cheer

In the history of baseball, few players with his handicap had made it to the Major Leagues. But… >>