Real Life Stories

You’ve got to read it to believe it! These true stories seem almost too good to be true, but we promise that we couldn’t make these up. From love to loss and from survival to unbelieavable coincidences—we’ve got the wildest stories to keep you informed, entertained, and inspired.

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What It’s Really Like to Be a Hallmark Holiday Writer

Ever wonder who comes up with those sweet stories of snow, St. Nick, serendipity, and soulmates? It's authors like Barbara Hinske, who told us what it's really like to have your novel turned into one of these instant classics.

Meet the Real Man Who Inspired Disney’s Tarzan

Tarzan: the man, the myth, the legend. Turns out the emphasis should have been on the first designation as the...


The Book I Found Under Some Floorboards in My Attic Saved My Soul

One girl thought she'd hit gold. She had no idea how right she was.


The Mystery and Wonder of a Marked-Up Library Book

Author Gary Soto couldn't help but wonder, "Who was the person who'd marked up my library book?"


There Was Once a Wolf Who Loved Too Much. And What Happened to Him Was a Crime.

One day in Alaska, a black wolf appeared in front of wildlife photographer Nick Jans. This is the story of...

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.


Why You Should Read While You Walk

When you read while you wander, your destination may be a surprise.

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 1929, but she...


The Stranger Who Changed My Life: Lady of the Library

The elegant woman didn’t seem to belong in these stuffy old stacks. But the book she handed me transformed my...


What Are You Thankful For? 7 Creative Answers

What makes you grateful? Anne O. Kubitsky started the Look for the Good Project by asking people for postcards with...


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Nate Berkus on the Things That Matter

The loss of his partner in the devastating 2004 tsunami underscored for Nate Berkus a guiding principle of his design...