In this era of information overload, Reader’s Digest offers something unique: the very best advice, information and inspiration from multiple sources, condensed into an easy-to-read digest. In each issue you’ll get trusted, time-saving insights about Health, Personal Finance, Work, Family, and National issues, PLUS exclusive book excerpts, news-making interviews, and humor.
DEAR READER • A Century of Stories
LETTERS • NOTES ON PAST ISSUES
She Fell for Him • An injured trail runner finds help—and love—from a knight on a mountain bike
Taking a Scalpel to Medical Debt
Buster the Bull • SPARTANBURG, SOUTH CAROLINA
LIFE IN THESE United States
We Found a FIX HELPS, HACKS, & HOW TO
Our Two Cents on Cryptocurrency
The Hottest Kitchen Tip? Freezing
APPLEJACK HOT TODDY
All in a Day’s WORK
DON’T CALL US, WE’LL CALL YOU • Looking for a job? Be sure to proofread your résumé. Below, we’ve strung together actual blunders made by job seekers.
When Heart Disease Runs in the Family • What you can do with the cardio cards you’ve been dealt
News FROM THE WORLD OF MEDICINE
LAUGHTER THE BEST medicine
Little Magazine, BIG STORIES • A look at the significant, memorable, prescient articles and authors from 100 years of Reader’s Digest
WHAT Roots MEANS TO ME • Alex Haley’s landmark book began in Reader’s Digest, where he worked as a senior editor. The repercussions are still being felt today.
QUOTABLE QUOTES • Wit and wisdom from our archives
Laughing MATTERS • Humor connects us to one another. But how has what we find funny changed over the past 100 years?
“READER’S DIGEST Saved My LIFE!” • Grateful readers recount how our magazine got them diagnoses, treatment, and—most importantly—their lives back
The VOICE of the AVERAGE GRUNT • From World War II to Afghanistan, America’s fighting men and women were always accompanied by a familiar friend
LOOKING to the FUTURE • What will the next 100 years bring? Our collective future is actually pretty bright.
The Fight to Save Texas’s Spectacular CORAL REEFS • A team of unlikely allies came together to expand protections, but will it be enough?
SWEPT AWAY • For the parents of the bride, fear replaces happiness as a raging river scoops up their car on the way to the wedding
HUMOR in UNIFORM
WORD POWER • To celebrate our centennial, the centerpiece of this quiz is cent, from the Latin centum—think centimeter, century, or centipede—which often means “one hundred.” But don’t get complacent; this letter combo also turns up in words that have nothing to do with hundred. Turn to the next page for answers.
Roise by C. F. Payne