True Stories

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. >>