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This page shows your 100 most controversial books, as measured by the standard deviation of members star ratings. (This is also the source of the Zeitgeist category "25 Books People Can't Agree on.") To be included, a book must have been rated at least 20 times. Work titles are given.

Standard
Deviation
RatingTitle
1.3243.89A Dog Named Christmas by Greg Kincaid
1.3082.37Son Of Rosemary by Ira Levin
1.2824.07The Madman: His Parables and Poems by Kahlil Gibran
1.263.71Killing Dragons: The Conquest of the Alps by Fergus Fleming
1.2243.08Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution by Robert C. Atkins
1.2223.43Life 101 : Everything We Wish We Had Learned About Life in School -- But Didn't (The Life 101 Series) by Peter McWilliams
1.183.92The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale
1.1783.53The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
1.1733.44The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx
1.1693.14The Highly Effective Detective by Richard Yancey
1.1643.2Ben, In the World: The Sequel to the Fifth Child by Doris Lessing
1.1593.37Beyond Freedom & Dignity by B. F. Skinner
1.1553.83Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
1.1483.91I Wish That I Had Duck Feet by Theo LeSieg
1.1473.82Moby Dick by Herman Melville
1.1473.77Wolf Totem by Jiang Rong
1.1373.52Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
1.133.59Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
1.1233.9Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
1.1223.48Go Ask Alice by Beatrice Sparks
1.1173.64Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
1.1143.53Brighton Beach Memoirs by Neil Simon
1.113.81The Case for Christ: A Journalist's Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus by Lee Strobel
1.1093.39The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
1.1053.22The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson
1.1053.27Skipping Christmas by John Grisham
1.0993.68On the Road by Jack Kerouac
1.0943.76The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
1.0943.47The Prodigal Daughter by Jeffrey Archer
1.0914The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
1.0883.56Running With Scissors by Augusten Burroughs
1.0863.66A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
1.0863.32The Tommyknockers by Stephen King
1.0853.78The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
1.0843.04The Gathering by Anne Enright
1.0833.85From Where You Dream: The Process of Writing Fiction by Robert Olen Butler
1.0813.83The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
1.083.63The 13th Hour by Richard Doetsch
1.0794.05Fateful Triangle: The United States, Israel, and the Palestinians by Noam Chomsky
1.0763.65A Man Named Dave: A Story of Triumph and Forgiveness by Dave Pelzer
1.0743.79Any Bitter Thing by Monica Wood
1.073.54Under the Tuscan sun by Frances Mayes
1.074.03Yoga 28-Day Exercise Plan by Richard Hittleman
1.0683.69Paradise by Toni Morrison
1.0683.89Walden by Henry David Thoreau
1.0673.91Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
1.0663.63False Memory by Dean Koontz
1.0663.93Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy by David D. Burns
1.0653.63Who Am I? – And If So, How Many?: A Philosophical Journey by Richard David Precht
1.0653.86What Dreams May Come by Richard Matheson
1.0643.74American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
1.0643.77Not without my daughter by Betty Mahmoody
1.0633.98A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
1.0623.9A Child Called "It" by Dave Pelzer
1.0623.46The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
1.0623.75The Miracle Worker [play] by William Gibson
1.063.83Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson by Mitch Albom
1.0573.86Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco
1.0543.64Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth
1.0543.88Song Yet Sung by James McBride
1.0543.33The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook: A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal by Ben Mezrich
1.0533.64The Man by Irving Wallace
1.0534.29Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
1.0523.53Where Are the Children? by Mary Higgins Clark
1.0493.49Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself by Alan Alda
1.0493.86The Case for a Creator: A Journalist Investigates Scientific Evidence That Points Toward God by Lee Strobel
1.0493.06The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell
1.0493.57The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss
1.0493.88Beloved by Toni Morrison
1.0493.75Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
1.0493.17The Marshall Plan for Novel Writing by Evan Marshall
1.0463.16Fanny Hill by John Cleland
1.0453.9Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee
1.0443.82She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb
1.0443.31A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
1.0434.26Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King
1.0433.94Beginnings, Middles & Ends by Nancy Kress
1.0434.06Human, All Too Human: A Book for Free Spirits by Friedrich Nietzsche
1.0423.77Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
1.0423.85The Children's Book by A. S. Byatt
1.043.16Burning Point by Minette Walters
1.043.65Mary Queen of Scots and the Murder of Lord Darnley by Alison Weir
1.0394.11Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
1.0393.33The White Castle by Orhan Pamuk
1.0393.78White Noise by Don DeLillo
1.0383.55Don't Sweat the Small Stuff by Richard Carlson
1.0383.93Voltaire's Bastards: The Dictatorship of Reason in the West by John Ralston Saul
1.0383.67Mozart's Sister by Nancy Moser
1.0383.48The Pearl by John Steinbeck
1.0363.55The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans
1.0323.73The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
1.0313.98Quo Vadis by Henryk Sienkiewicz
1.0313.81Buried Alive: The Terrifying History of Our Most Primal Fear by Jan Bondeson
1.033.53Sickened: The True Story of a Lost Childhood by Julie Gregory
1.033.68Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
1.033.53The End of the Alphabet by C. S. Richardson
1.033.99The Magus by John Fowles
1.033.86The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
1.0293.89The Red and the Black by Stendhal
1.0273.85Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
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