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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
1.3243.92A Dog Named Christmas by Greg Kincaid
1.2824.1The Madman: His Parables and Poems by Kahlil Gibran
1.263.7Killing Dragons: The Conquest of the Alps by Fergus Fleming
1.2243.11Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution by Robert C. Atkins
1.2223.44Life 101 : Everything We Wish We Had Learned About Life in School -- But Didn't (The Life 101 Series) by Peter McWilliams
1.183.91The 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
1.1643.17Ben, In the World: The Sequel to the Fifth Child by Doris Lessing
1.1593.4Beyond Freedom & Dignity by B. F. Skinner
1.1553.86Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
1.1483.98I Wish That I Had Duck Feet by Theo LeSieg
1.1473.84Moby Dick by Herman Melville
1.1473.74Wolf Totem by Jiang Rong
1.1373.53Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
1.133.59Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
1.1233.89Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
1.1223.48Go Ask Alice by Beatrice Sparks
1.1173.65Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
1.1143.38Brighton Beach Memoirs by Neil Simon
1.113.79The Case for Christ: A Journalist's Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus by Lee Strobel
1.1093.39The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
1.1053.21The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson
1.1053.25Skipping Christmas by John Grisham
1.0993.68On the Road by Jack Kerouac
1.0943.76The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
1.0943.45The Prodigal Daughter by Jeffrey Archer
1.0914.01The 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
1.0853.78The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
1.0843.04The Gathering by Anne Enright
1.0833.76From Where You Dream: The Process of Writing Fiction by Robert Olen Butler
1.0813.86The 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
1.0763.64A Man Named Dave: A Story of Triumph and Forgiveness by Dave Pelzer
1.0743.77Any Bitter Thing by Monica Wood
1.073.51Under the Tuscan sun by Frances Mayes
1.074.01Yoga 28-Day Exercise Plan by Richard Hittleman
1.0683.7Paradise by Toni Morrison
1.0683.9Walden by Henry David Thoreau
1.0673.93Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
1.0663.63False Memory by Dean Koontz
1.0663.97Feeling 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
1.0653.88What 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
1.0573.86Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco
1.0543.75Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth
1.0543.91Song Yet Sung by James McBride
1.0543.35The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook: A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal by Ben Mezrich
1.0533.65The Man by Irving Wallace
1.0534.3Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
1.0523.54Where Are the Children? by Mary Higgins Clark
1.0493.45Things 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
1.0493.05The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell
1.0493.59The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss
1.0493.88Beloved by Toni Morrison
1.0493.76Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
1.0493.15The Marshall Plan for Novel Writing by Evan Marshall
1.0463.16Fanny Hill by John Cleland
1.0453.91Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee
1.0443.83She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb
1.0443.32A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
1.0434.23Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King
1.0433.96Beginnings, Middles & Ends by Nancy Kress
1.0434.05Human, All Too Human: A Book for Free Spirits by Friedrich Nietzsche
1.0423.77Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
1.0423.84The Children's Book by A. S. Byatt
1.043.17Burning 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
1.0393.31The White Castle by Orhan Pamuk
1.0393.79White Noise by Don DeLillo
1.0383.56Don't Sweat the Small Stuff by Richard Carlson
1.0383.96Voltaire's Bastards: The Dictatorship of Reason in the West by John Ralston Saul
1.0383.68Mozart's Sister by Nancy Moser
1.0383.48The Pearl by John Steinbeck
1.0363.56The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans
1.0323.74The 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
1.033.52Sickened: The True Story of a Lost Childhood by Julie Gregory
1.033.69Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
1.033.53The End of the Alphabet by C. S. Richardson
1.033.99The Magus by John Fowles
1.033.84The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
1.0293.91The Red and the Black by Stendhal
1.0273.85Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
1.0263.74The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams
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