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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
1.3243.96A Dog Named Christmas by Greg Kincaid
1.2824.2The Madman: His Parables and Poems by Kahlil Gibran
1.263.7Killing Dragons: The Conquest of the Alps by Fergus Fleming
1.2243.12Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution by Robert C. Atkins
1.2223.41Life 101 : Everything We Wish We Had Learned About Life in School -- But Didn't (The Life 101 Series) by Peter McWilliams
1.183.93The 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
1.1693.12The Highly Effective Detective by Richard Yancey
1.1643.13Ben, In the World: The Sequel to the Fifth Child by Doris Lessing
1.1593.39Beyond Freedom & Dignity by B. F. Skinner
1.1553.88Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
1.1484.01I Wish That I Had Duck Feet by Theo LeSieg
1.1473.85Moby Dick by Herman Melville
1.1473.75Wolf Totem by Jiang Rong
1.1373.54Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
1.133.6Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
1.1233.89Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
1.1223.49Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
1.1173.66Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
1.113.79The Case for Christ: A Journalist's Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus by Lee Strobel
1.1093.4The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
1.1053.21The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson
1.1053.25Skipping Christmas by John Grisham
1.0993.69On the Road by Jack Kerouac
1.0943.76The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
1.0943.44The Prodigal Daughter by Jeffrey Archer
1.0914.02The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
1.0883.56Running With Scissors by Augusten Burroughs
1.0863.67A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
1.0863.31The Tommyknockers by Stephen King
1.0853.79The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
1.0843.03The Gathering by Anne Enright
1.0833.77From Where You Dream: The Process of Writing Fiction by Robert Olen Butler
1.0813.87The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
1.083.63The 13th Hour by Richard Doetsch
1.0793.99Fateful 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
1.0743.76Any Bitter Thing by Monica Wood
1.073.5Under the Tuscan sun by Frances Mayes
1.074.04Yoga 28-Day Exercise Plan by Richard Hittleman
1.0683.7Paradise by Toni Morrison
1.0683.89Walden by Henry David Thoreau
1.0673.93Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
1.0663.63False Memory by Dean Koontz
1.0663.98Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy by David D. Burns
1.0653.64Who Am I? – And If So, How Many?: A Philosophical Journey by Richard David Precht
1.0653.86What Dreams May Come by Richard Matheson
1.0643.76American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
1.0643.79Not without my daughter by Betty Mahmoody
1.0634A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
1.0623.91A Child Called "It" by Dave Pelzer
1.0623.46The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
1.0623.68The Miracle Worker [play] by William Gibson
1.063.84Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson by Mitch Albom
1.0573.87Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco
1.0543.75Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth
1.0543.91Song Yet Sung by James McBride
1.0543.36The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook: A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal by Ben Mezrich
1.0533.66The Man by Irving Wallace
1.0534.29Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
1.0523.55Where Are the Children? by Mary Higgins Clark
1.0493.47Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself by Alan Alda
1.0493.88The 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
1.0493.59The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss
1.0493.89Beloved by Toni Morrison
1.0493.76Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
1.0493.16The Marshall Plan for Novel Writing by Evan Marshall
1.0463.17Fanny Hill by John Cleland
1.0453.91Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee
1.0443.83She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb
1.0443.33A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
1.0433.97Beginnings, Middles & Ends by Nancy Kress
1.0434.06Human, All Too Human: A Book for Free Spirits by Friedrich Nietzsche
1.0423.79Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
1.0423.84The Children's Book by A. S. Byatt
1.043.18Burning Point by Minette Walters
1.043.63Mary Queen of Scots and the Murder of Lord Darnley by Alison Weir
1.0394.13Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
1.0393.3The White Castle by Orhan Pamuk
1.0393.78White Noise by Don DeLillo
1.0383.55Don't Sweat the Small Stuff by Richard Carlson
1.0383.98Voltaire'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
1.0323.74The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
1.0314Quo Vadis by Henryk Sienkiewicz
1.0313.82Buried Alive: The Terrifying History of Our Most Primal Fear by Jan Bondeson
1.033.51Sickened: The True Story of a Lost Childhood by Julie Gregory
1.033.69Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
1.033.52The End of the Alphabet by C. S. Richardson
1.034The Magus by John Fowles
1.033.85The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
1.0293.95The Red and the Black by Stendhal
1.0273.85Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
1.0263.73The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams
1.0263.63Unless by Carol Shields
1.0263.82Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
1.0253.92Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint by Nancy Kress
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