True Stories

March 1993 RD Classics
When Summer Found Its Place in My Heart

The cottage had been in our family for decades. But common sense said it was time to sell. >>

November 1970 RD Classics
A Reader’s Digest Classic: Professor Terry and the Lady in Brown

Strangely enough, Professor Ter­ry's uncompromising pressure, which often seemed tinged with… >>

February 1974 RD Classics
A Reader’s Digest Classic: Washington’s Prayer at Valley Forge

No let­ter or diary survives to give eye­witness testimony that George Washington prayed that… >>

July 1941 RD Classics
A Story About My Larger-Than-Life Uncle from the 1940s

A distinguished portrait of an unquenchable humbug, in the sprightly Leacock manner. Originally… >>

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“I Was Kept on a Plane for 34 Hours”

About 250 trapped passengers watched helplessly as their plane was emptied of food, water, fuel… >>

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These Are the Neighbors You Always Wanted

On this California block, help and hope are always free of charge. >>

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Everyday Heroes: The Blind Firefighter

A blind man rescues a woman from a fire. >>

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Why This Heroic Boy Scout Went Over a Waterfall

When a ten-year-old saw a little girl in danger, he dived in to save her. >>

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“I Survived a Flesh-Eating Bacteria”

Author Hampton Sides was 41 years old, in the prime of life, and (he thought) in excellent health. >>

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Drama in Real Life: Trapped on the Bottom of the Ocean

Harrison Okene was the only survivor after his boat sank to the ocean floor. >>

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Why We Forgive, by Desmond Tutu

Anger may be justified, but "getting even" won't make you feel better >>

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Drama in Real Life: Trapped in an Ice Cave

Three amateur explorers become trapped in a freezing cave by four feet of ice. Can they escape… >>

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The Day Robert Downey Jr. Saved My Grandma

At the height of an emergency, the actor turned into a real-life superhero. >>

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26 Secrets of Happiness: Quotable Quotes

Find inspiration and joy from these leading thinkers. >>

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What It Was Like to Be Rosie the Riveter During WWII

Three women share their stories of the American war effort—and prove that the real Rosies were… >>

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My Most Unforgettable Character: Maya Angelou

Thirty years after meeting her, I can still feel the electricity that fizzed through my body as I… >>

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A Holiday to Remember: Maya Angelou, Dan Rather, and More

Here are a dozen memories, both large and small, the kind that make the holiday season… >>

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4 Veterans’ Stories: A Look at Heroes Returning Home

These service members show that heroism continues off the battlefield, too. >>

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How Good-Deed Videos Work to Inspire Kindness in Others

Meet the friends behind GiveBackFilms. >>

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Incredible: How One Couple Saved 50 Children From the Nazis

Gil and Eleanor Kraus, a well-to-do American couple, risked everything to come to the rescue. >>