Controversial Books

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.

1.2993.79House of Rain: Tracking a Vanished Civilization Across the American Southwest by Craig Childs
1.2383.54The Bestiary by Nicholas Christopher
1.1873.4Hothouse Flower by Margot Berwin
1.1753.96Magic Tree House #30: Haunted Castle on Hallow's Eve by Mary Pope Osborne
1.1643.43An Alphabetical Life: Living It Up in the World of Books by Wendy Werris
1.1623.1The Celtic Riddle by Lyn Hamilton
1.163.6The Alphabet from A to Y With Bonus Letter Z! by Steve Martin
1.1593.8The Education of Little Tree by Forrest Carter
1.1573.13Beautiful Children by Charles Bock
1.1463.86Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
1.1393.21The Necklace: Thirteen Women and the Experiment That Transformed Their Lives by Cheryl Jarvis
1.1293.14The Unknown Terrorist by Richard Flanagan
1.1253.23Beginner's Greek by James Collins
1.1234.25The Principles of Uncertainty by Maira Kalman
1.1193.6Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
1.1173.42A Killer's Kiss by William Lashner
1.1113.09The New Yorkers by Cathleen Schine
1.1043.28The Dirty Girls Social Club: A Novel by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez
1.1043.24How Starbucks Saved My Life by Michael Gates Gill
1.1043.69A Death in Brazil: A Book of Omissions by Peter Robb
1.1013.48The Maytrees by Annie Dillard
1.1013.71The Night Journal by Elizabeth Crook
1.0993.42La Cucina: A Novel of Rapture by Lily Prior
1.0983.48The perfect summer: England 1911, just before the storm by Juliet Nicolson
1.0963.57The Blue Flower by Penelope Fitzgerald
1.0963.47Grayson by Lynne Cox
1.0963.49Five Minds for the Future by Howard Gardner
1.0943.7One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus
1.0943.01An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England by Brock Clarke
1.0923.58Gertrude Bell: Desert Queen by Georgina Howell
1.0893.48The Sea by John Banville
1.0883.9As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
1.0883.43The Night Inspector by Frederick Busch
1.0813.29Alibi by Joseph Kanon
1.083.53The Hamilton Case by Michelle de Kretser
1.0783.4The Little Friend by Donna Tartt
1.0773.13The Sea Lady by Margaret Drabble
1.0753.43The Elfish Gene: Dungeons, Dragons and Growing Up Strange by Mark Barrowcliffe
1.0623.63The Canon by Natalie Angier
1.0613.82In Legend Born by Laura Resnick
1.0593.45Evening by Susan Minot
1.0583.65Dear Exile : The True Story of Two Friends Separated (for a Year) by an Ocean by Hilary Liftin
1.0583.57Tweak : (growing up on methamphetamines) by Nic Sheff
1.0543.91Song Yet Sung by James McBride
1.0543.85Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig
1.0533.3The Kiss by Kathryn Harrison
1.0533.49The Thin Place by Kathryn Davis
1.0523.65Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl
1.053.82The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Miguel Ruiz
1.052.87All Souls by Christine Schutt
1.0493.67Metzger's Dog by Thomas Perry
1.0483.08Inglorious by Joanna Kavenna
1.0473.88The Shepherd of the Hills by Harold Bell Wright
1.0443.83She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb
1.0443.44My Dream of You by Nuala O'Faolain
1.0433.81The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
1.0433.43The Great Fire by Shirley Hazzard
1.0433.59A Wolf at the Table: A Memoir of My Father by Augusten Burroughs
1.0413.63Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
1.0413.59The Mandala of Sherlock Holmes : the adventures of the great detective in India and Tibet by Jamyang Norbu
1.0393.53Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris
1.0363.91Ordinary Wolves by Seth Kantner
1.0363.46Tinkers by Paul Harding
1.0353.43Jane Austen in Scarsdale: Or Love, Death, and the SATs by Paula Marantz Cohen
1.0343.62Drive by James Sallis
1.0324.11Little, Big by John Crowley
1.0283.38Elizabeth Costello by J.M. Coetzee
1.0273.6Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea by Chelsea Handler
1.0273.7The Shaman Sings by James D. Doss
1.0273.26Interred with Their Bones by Jennifer Lee Carrell
1.0264.02The Long Road Home: A Story of War and Family by Martha Raddatz
1.0253.21Literacy and Longing in L.A. by Jennifer Kaufman
1.0253.31The Memoirs of a Beautiful Boy by Robert Leleux
1.0243.44Firmin by Sam Savage
1.0243.73The Queen of the South by Arturo PĂ©rez-Reverte
1.0233.44Deeper by Jeff Long
1.0214.05Decca: The Letters of Jessica Mitford by Jessica Mitford
1.0213.59A Thousand Days in Tuscany: A Bittersweet Adventure by Marlena de Blasi
1.023.42The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
1.0193.28Dear American Airlines by Jonathan Miles
1.0193.98Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
1.0193.7A Three Dog Life by Abigail Thomas
1.0183.53Dry Ice by Stephen White
1.0173.78Everything That Rises: A Book of Convergences by Lawrence Weschler
1.0173.61Dragon's Keep by Janet Lee Carey
1.0173.75The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister
1.0153.06Snuff by Chuck Palahniuk
1.0143.46Free Food for Millionaires by Min Jin Lee
1.0143.43City of the Beasts by Isabel Allende
1.0123.69The Luminous Life of Lilly Aphrodite by Beatrice Colin
1.0083.7The Birthday Party: A Memoir of Survival by Stanley N. Alpert
1.0073.68Fortune's Rocks by Anita Shreve
1.0052.79The Worst Thing I've Done by Ursula Hegi
1.0043.36Wild Indigo by Sandi Ault
1.0033.61Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
13.81Broken Verses by Kamila Shamsie
0.9983.66Crossing California by Adam Langer
0.9973.76The Known World by Edward P. Jones
0.9973.6How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
0.9973.16Letter from Point Clear: A Novel by Dennis McFarland
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