True Stories

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… >>

A Wife Gives her Husband the Gift of Life
A Wife Gives her Husband the Gift of Life

  The year 1998 was the beginning of a remarkable transformation for my family. My… >>

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What It’s Like to…

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

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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… >>

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What It’s Like to Fly

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

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. >>

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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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Famous Photographers Speak on Their Famous Photos

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

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… >>

Hiker Left for Dead on Mount Everest
Hiker Left for Dead on Mount Everest

Near the top of Everest, the soft morning light revealed clear blue skies for miles around. >>

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… >>

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… >>

Nightmare in the Woods
Nightmare in the Woods

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

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… >>

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Reader’s Digest on Amazon Kindle

The Kindle Edition of Reader's Digest is auto-delivered wirelessly to your Kindle at the same time… >>

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Reader’s Digest on the iPad

Download the free iPad app for a sample free issue, then choose either a monthly or annual… >>

Lines from Love Letters
Lines from Love Letters

Who doesn't swoon at a beautifully written love letter? We asked our Facebook fans to share the… >>

We Hear You America: Collingswood, NJ Declares
We Hear You America: Collingswood, NJ Declares “Holiday” to Be Heard

On January 11th Collingswood, NJ celebrated "Get Out the Vote" Day. Currently the town is in 16th… >>