The American Historical Association defines history as "the study of the human past as it is constructed and interpreted with human artifacts, written evidence, and oral traditions. It requires empathy for historical actors, respect for interpretive debate, and the skillful use of an evolving set of practices and tools. As an inquiry into human experience, history demands that we consider the diversity of human experience across time and place."
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) defines culture as "the set of distinctive spiritual, material, intellectual and emotional features of society or a social group, that encompasses, not only art and literature, but lifestyles, ways of living together, value systems, traditions and beliefs."
Entries include all formats, if available: print, Large Print, audiobooks on CD, eBooks and eAudiobooks, and Spanish versions. Previous lists back to 1999 can be found on the YALSA Outstanding Books for the College Bound and Lifelong Learners site.