True Stories

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… >>

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. >>

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… >>

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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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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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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Jeff Bauman: One Year After the Boston Marathon Bombing

We spoke to the survivor on how his life has changed since April 15, 2013. >>

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Bart Corbin: Double Deception

A dentist's wife is dead. It looks like suicide. But the case turns out to be far more sinister. >>

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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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The Reunion That Took 77 Years to Happen

A teenaged Minka Disbrow was forced to give her newborn daughter Betty Jane up for adoption in… >>

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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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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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Everyday Heroes: The Blind Firefighter

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

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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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Why We Forgive, by Desmond Tutu

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