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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
1.263.71Killing Dragons: The Conquest of the Alps by Fergus Fleming
1.2243.1Dr. 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
1.183.9The 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
1.1643.2Ben, In the World: The Sequel to the Fifth Child by Doris Lessing
1.1593.4Beyond Freedom & Dignity by B. F. Skinner
1.1553.85Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
1.1483.96I Wish That I Had Duck Feet by Theo LeSieg
1.1473.84Moby Dick by Herman Melville
1.1473.76Wolf 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
1.1223.47Go Ask Alice by Beatrice Sparks
1.1173.65Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
1.1143.42Brighton Beach Memoirs by Neil Simon
1.113.8The 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
1.1053.25Skipping 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
1.0914.01The 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
1.0863.32The Tommyknockers by Stephen King
1.0853.78The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
1.0843.04The Gathering by Anne Enright
1.0833.76From Where You Dream: The Process of Writing Fiction by Robert Olen Butler
1.0813.85Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
1.083.62The 13th Hour by Richard Doetsch
1.0794.01Fateful Triangle: The United States, Israel, and the Palestinians by Noam Chomsky
1.0763.63A Man Named Dave: A Story of Triumph and Forgiveness by Dave Pelzer
1.0743.76Any 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
1.0663.96Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy by David D. Burns
1.0653.66Who Am I? – And If So, How Many?: A Philosophical Journey by Richard David Precht
1.0653.88What Dreams May Come by Richard Matheson
1.0643.75American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
1.0643.8Not 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
1.0623.69The 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
1.0543.75Portnoy'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
1.0533.65The Man by Irving Wallace
1.0534.29Infinite 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
1.0493.89The 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
1.0493.58The 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
1.0434.24Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King
1.0433.95Beginnings, 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
1.043.18Burning Point by Minette Walters
1.043.65Mary 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
1.0383.72Mozart'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
1.033.5Sickened: 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
1.033.84The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
1.0293.92The Red and the Black by Stendhal
1.0273.86Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
1.0263.73The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams
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