True Stories

Paula Lucas: International Angel
Paula Lucas: International Angel

Paula Lucas dreamed of being able to help battered women living overseas. In 2001, she started… >>

You Only Live Twice
You Only Live Twice

On a cold Minnesota morning, Howard Snitzer collapsed on a sidewalk. Ninety-six minutes later, he… >>

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Photo Essay: Sound and Vision

Ever been inside a guitar? A team of German art directors and photographers commissioned to make an… >>

Hometown Heroes: Neighbors Battle the Bank
Hometown Heroes: Neighbors Battle the Bank

When Belva Davis lost her job and fell behind on her mortgage, her Detroit neighborhood rallied… >>

Hometown Heroes: Control Over Chaos for Foster Kids
Hometown Heroes: Control Over Chaos for Foster Kids

When young Noah Jones got a glimpse into the world of foster care, he created his own charity to… >>

Steve Lenoir
Hard Times: America’s Post Offices

As post offices around the country face an uncertain future due to budget cuts, part of the… >>

what it's like to... Barry Holubeck
What It’s Like to…

From delivering a baby at home to falling seven stories in a river kayak, these ordinary people… >>

what it's like to... Barry Holubeck
What It’s Like to Fly

No (real) wings attached: See how one man in a special suit can take to the skies. >>

Hometown Heroes: Saving a Neighbor’s Life
Hometown Heroes: Saving a Neighbor’s Life

There was no way he was going to listen to his neighbor scream and die in the burning house, so he… >>

what it's like to... Josh Ferrin
What It’s Like to Find a Stash of Cash…and Return It

Money can't buy happiness, but as one Utah man learned, the act of giving it can make an… >>

What It's Like to Win a Game Show
What It’s Like to Win a Game Show

For one Jeopardy! contestant, a little luck went a long way. >>

What It's Like to Deliver Your Wife's Baby
What It’s Like to Deliver Your Wife’s Baby

A harrowing experience turns into one very special delivery. >>

The Night I Met Einstein
The Night I Met Einstein

This Reader's Digest Classic of "My Most Unforgettable Character" offers a lesson in life—and… >>

Bob Gruen
Famous Photographers Speak on Their Famous Photos

In "Behind Photographs: Archiving Photographic Legends," Tim Mantoani shot over 150 famous… >>

Kivalina, Alaska: A Disappearing Town
Kivalina, Alaska: A Disappearing Town

At the tip of a barrier island 80 miles above the Arctic Circle, the town of Kivalina, Alaska, is… >>

the Titanic coat Michael O'Brien
The Titanic Coat: One Family’s Legend

In an inspiring follow-up to the Titanic story, Reader's Digest national affairs editor David… >>

vietnam memorial
Never Forgotten: At the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

On the 30th anniversary of the groundbreaking, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial endures as a symbol of… >>

The Best Medicine: A Lesson About Love For Everyone
The Best Medicine: A Lesson About Love For Everyone

Each time the Breinholts want to see their daughter, they travel 30 minutes to the Blythedale… >>

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13 Things You Didn’t Know About the Titanic

For the 100th anniversary of the Titanic sinking, we bring you surprising bits of trivia and… >>

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The Unsinkable Titanic

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic on April 15, 1912, we dug into… >>