True Stories

mrs. clarence
How Mrs. Clarence’s Kindness Saved My Life

In my family’s desperate hour, my fifth-grade teacher knew just what to do. >>

boy buried in sand
The Boy Who Disappeared Under a Sand Dune

Colin hollers, "Nathan fell in this hole!" And then the hole collapses in on itself, the sugar sand… >>

ocean riptide
Terror at the Beach: Caught in a Riptide!

She looks around just in time to see a wave towering over her. There’s no time to duck this one… >>

jesus delgado
The Cook Who Chased and Caught a Kidnapper

This man's break from work became a race to save a little boy. >>

July 1976 RD Classics
Staring Down a Sawmill Chipper With Two Seconds to Live

Suddenly, young Ron Gillis was being pulled, inexorably, toward the whirling blades of the… >>

January 1970 RD Classics
“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… >>

January 1995 RD Classics
Me and the Supreme Court

Moments like this create the memories of a lifetime. >>

April 1992 RD Classics
The Pig Who Loved People

He wasn’t what you’d expect in a pet—or even in a pig. >>

November 1993 RD Classics
What I Learned in the Shoe Store

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

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. >>

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… >>