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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.

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Deviation
RatingTitle
1.2773.19The Celestine Prophecy: An Adventure by James Redfield
1.2713.36Mutant Message Down Under by Marlo Morgan
1.2193.37The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller
1.2093.06The Celestine Prophecy: An Experiential Guide by James Redfield
1.2033.7The Servant: A Simple Story About the True Essence of Leadership by James C. Hunter
1.1913.5When You Eat at the Refrigerator, Pull Up a Chair by Geneen Roth
1.1813.72Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson
1.1783.53The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
1.1773.89The Official Preppy Handbook by Lisa Birnbach
1.1673.72The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams by Deepak Chopra
1.1643.41Something Happened by Joseph Heller
1.1643.44He's Just Not That Into You by Greg Behrendt
1.1593.95Evenings at Five by Gail Godwin
1.1463.65Journal of a Novel: The East of Eden Letters by John Steinbeck
1.1453.82It All Changed in an Instant: More Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous & Obscure by Larry Smith
1.1233.07Santa Responds: He's Had Enough...and He's Writing Back! by Santa Claus
1.123.97The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle
1.1193.6Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
1.1163.6The Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukav
1.1083.93The Dark Side of the Light Chasers by Debbie Ford
1.1073.43A Beginning, a Muddle, and an End by Avi
1.1063.98The One Minute Manager Meets the Monkey by Kenneth H. Blanchard
1.1053.25Skipping Christmas by John Grisham
1.1033.62Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
1.1023.46Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt by Anne Rice
1.1013.49The Gate House by Nelson DeMille
1.0983.66Bartleby / Benito Cereno by Herman Melville
1.0943.76The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
1.0933.54Shadow Baby by Allison McGhee
1.0923.4The Frog King by Adam Davies
1.0914.02The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
1.094.02A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose by Eckhart Tolle
1.0883.9As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
1.0873.23The Christmas Train by David Baldacci
1.0873.16Blindsided: Lifting a Life Above Illness: A Reluctant Memoir by Richard M. Cohen
1.0863.67A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
1.0853.79The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
1.0833.76From Where You Dream: The Process of Writing Fiction by Robert Olen Butler
1.0813.52The Final Diagnosis by Arthur Hailey
1.0813.86The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
1.084.18Are Your Lights On?: How to Figure Out What the Problem Really Is by Donald C. Gause
1.0783.87The Shawl by Cynthia Ozick
1.0784.06The Writer's Desk by Jill Krementz
1.0723.59Summer Sisters by Judy Blume
1.0723.94A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of "A Course in Miracles" by Marianne Williamson
1.073.24The Experts' Guide to 100 Things Everyone Should Know How to Do by Samantha Ettus
1.0683.83You Are a Dog: Life Through the Eyes of Man's Best Friend by Terry Bain
1.0673.69Heart of darkness : with the Congo diary by Joseph Conrad
1.0653.51How Not to Look Old: Fast and Effortless Ways to Look 10 Years Younger, 10 Pounds Lighter, 10 Times Better by Charla Krupp
1.0643.56Talking from 9 to 5: Women and Men at Work by Deborah Tannen
1.0633.95The View from Saturday by E. L. Konigsburg
1.0633.71The Long Fall by Walter Mosley
1.0623.78A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
1.0613.31On Bullshit by Harry G. Frankfurt
1.0613.78Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah
1.0553.55Timeline by Michael Crichton
1.0543.85Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig
1.0543.13The Handmaid and the Carpenter by Elizabeth Berg
1.0534.29Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
1.0523.54Where Are the Children? by Mary Higgins Clark
1.053.81The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Miguel Ruiz
1.0493.34The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
1.0493.15The Marshall Plan for Novel Writing by Evan Marshall
1.0483.64The Long Secret by Louise Fitzhugh
1.0484.02The gallery of regrettable food by James Lileks
1.0463.6Say You're One of Them by Uwem Akpan
1.0433.81The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
1.0433.96Beginnings, Middles & Ends by Nancy Kress
1.0413.52Spencerville by Nelson DeMille
1.043.75Escaping Into the Open: The Art of Writing True by Elizabeth Berg
1.0393.52Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris
1.0393.47The Funny Thing Is... by Ellen DeGeneres
1.0383.55Don't Sweat the Small Stuff by Richard Carlson
1.0383.43The Hipster Handbook by Robert Lanham
1.0373.54The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite by David Kessler
1.0363.44Tinkers by Paul Harding
1.0343.71All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten: Uncommon Thoughts on Common Things by Robert Fulghum
1.0333.61American Rust by Philipp Meyer
1.0333.42The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King
1.0313.56Cut by Patricia McCormick
1.0313.47Mrs. Somebody Somebody by Tracy Winn
1.033.84The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
1.0293.5910 Natural Laws of Successful Time and Life Management by Hyrum W. Smith
1.0293.56Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
1.0293.46Miracle Cure by Michael Palmer
1.0283.59The One Minute Manager by Kenneth H. Blanchard
1.0283.62The Invention of Everything Else by Samantha Hunt
1.0284.09Little Hoot by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
1.0263.53Strong Medicine by Arthur Hailey
1.0253.94The Song of Hiawatha by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
1.0253.36It Takes a Village by Hillary Clinton
1.0233.92Art Of Dramatic Writing: Its Basis in the Creative Interpretation of Human Motives by Lajos Egri
1.0224.03Immediate Fiction: A Complete Writing Course by Jerry Cleaver
1.0213.88The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
1.023.88A Girl Named Zippy: Growing Up Small in Mooreland, Indiana by Haven Kimmel
1.022.78The Effect of Living Backwards by Heidi Julavits
1.0193.79Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
1.0183.9The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
1.0183.46The Last Time They Met by Anita Shreve
1.0183.89Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
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