True Stories

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… >>

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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… >>

America's most interesting town Coleman, MI
Do You Live in America’s Most Interesting Town?

What makes your town fascinating? Tell us and share for a chance to be on our cover. So far we love: >>

The Fantastic Folded Art of Isaac Salazar
The Fantastic Folded Art of Isaac Salazar

Isaac Salazar's book art has appeared in magazines and advertisements across the globe, but it all… >>

Boy on a Bike: How a Rwandan Teen Overcame a Legacy of Genocide
Boy on a Bike: How a Rwandan Teen Overcame a Legacy of Genocide

Far from home, in a war-torn land, a charity worker met a child who had every reason to hate—and… >>

Gotcha! 11 Rules to Pull Off a Political Prank
Gotcha! 11 Rules to Pull Off a Political Prank

A well-timed political hoax can expose corruption, force partisans to reexamine their positions… >>

Hometown Hero: A Sailor's Savior
Hometown Hero: A Sailor’s Savior

When worried mother Marianne Naslund saw her 16-year-old neighbor Andy Livasy was in trouble, she… >>

a grandmother's tale, Anne Lamott
A Grandmother’s Tale: When Anne Lamott’s Teen Son Became a Dad

What would you do if your teenager had a child? For author Lamott, it was a crash course in the… >>

Nightmare in the Woods
Nightmare in the Woods

Pamela Salant expected a quiet evening camping near Mount Hood, Oregon — then things took a… >>

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The True Story Behind The Vow

Fall in love with the Reader's Digest original story that inspired the romantic movie starring… >>

The Best Life Stories
The Best Life Stories

Listen to the $25,000 winner of the best life story contest read his winning entry. Plus, read our… >>

Images From Brazil's Surui Tribe
Images From Brazil’s Surui Tribe

Brazil's Surui tribe fought the loggers and developers threatening their lands for years, but… >>

Mayday! One Man's Story of Surviving a Plane Crash
Mayday! One Man’s Story of Surviving a Plane Crash

Could you survive a plane crash for 18 hours treading water without a life vest? Michael Trapp did… >>

Liz Vaccariello
Editor’s Note: Father Time

A note from Reader's Digest editor-in-chief, Liz Vaccariello. >>

True Romance: The Luckiest Mistake
True Romance: The Luckiest Mistake

How a chance typo turned into happily ever after. >>