True Stories

November 1993 RD Classics
What I Learned in the Shoe Store

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

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The Husband Who Vanished

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

June 1990 RD Classics
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. >>

August 1977 RD Classics
The Summer I Learned to Really See

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

August 1935 RD Classics
—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… >>

March 1985 RD Classics
The Unforgettable Legacy of Miss Bessie Taylor Gwynn

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

September 1984 RD Classics
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… >>

September 1995 RD Classics
When a Little Girl Discovered the Miracle of Mermaids

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

May 1991 RD Classics
A Reader’s Digest Classic: Feathered Friend

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

January 1975 RD Classics
The Ordeal of John Cali

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

July 1968 RD Classics
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… >>

June 1989 RD Classics
From Street Kids to Royal Knights

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

May 1957 RD Classics
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… >>

May 1994 RD Classics
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… >>

January 1997 RD Classics
The Day I Finally Understood My Father

Dad didn't expect much from the new dog, but he had definite plans for me. (Originally published as… >>

November 1997 RD Classics
The Inspiring Story of How Frank McCourt Won a Pulitzer

From his students, the teacher learned his lessons slowly but well. >>

March 1994 RD Classics
The Day We Planted Hope

I tucked five seeds into the dirt, then sat down and waited for a watermelon. >>

June 1970 RD Classics
Standing on the Dunes and Calling His Name

For first time, I had met an adult on terms that were in balance. (This Reader's Digest classic… >>

March 1995 RD Classics
The Find of a Lifetime

Ever since my grandmother had opened to me the world of the distant past, I'd wanted to find a… >>

July 1995 RD Classics
The Glorious Day I Learned to Swim

In an exquisite instant I felt terror turn to exhilaration. Originally published in Reader's Digest… >>