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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
1.2993.79House of Rain: Tracking a Vanished Civilization Across the American Southwest by Craig Childs
1.2383.51The Bestiary by Nicholas Christopher
1.1873.41Hothouse Flower by Margot Berwin
1.1754Magic Tree House #30: Haunted Castle on Hallow's Eve by Mary Pope Osborne
1.1643.47An Alphabetical Life: Living It Up in the World of Books by Wendy Werris
1.1623.04The Celtic Riddle by Lyn Hamilton
1.163.53The Alphabet from A to Y With Bonus Letter Z! by Steve Martin
1.1593.82The Education of Little Tree by Forrest Carter
1.1573.09Beautiful Children by Charles Bock
1.1463.85Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
1.1393.22The Necklace: Thirteen Women and the Experiment That Transformed Their Lives by Cheryl Jarvis
1.1293.13The Unknown Terrorist by Richard Flanagan
1.1253.24Beginner's Greek by James Collins
1.1234.24The Principles of Uncertainty by Maira Kalman
1.1193.58Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
1.1173.42A Killer's Kiss by William Lashner
1.1113.11The New Yorkers by Cathleen Schine
1.1043.28The Dirty Girls Social Club: A Novel by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez
1.1043.25How Starbucks Saved My Life by Michael Gates Gill
1.1043.74A Death in Brazil: A Book of Omissions by Peter Robb
1.1013.48The Maytrees by Annie Dillard
1.1013.68The Night Journal by Elizabeth Crook
1.0993.42La Cucina: A Novel of Rapture by Lily Prior
1.0983.46The perfect summer: England 1911, just before the storm by Juliet Nicolson
1.0963.57The Blue Flower by Penelope Fitzgerald
1.0963.49Grayson by Lynne Cox
1.0963.49Five Minds for the Future by Howard Gardner
1.0943.7One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus
1.0943An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England: A Novel by Brock Clarke
1.0923.59Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert by Georgina Howell
1.0893.48The Sea by John Banville
1.0883.9As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
1.0883.45The Night Inspector by Frederick Busch
1.0813.3Alibi by Joseph Kanon
1.083.52The Hamilton Case by Michelle de Kretser
1.0783.4The Little Friend by Donna Tartt
1.0773.13The Sea Lady by Margaret Drabble
1.0753.46The Elfish Gene: Dungeons, Dragons and Growing Up Strange by Mark Barrowcliffe
1.0623.6The Canon by Natalie Angier
1.0613.86In Legend Born by Laura Resnick
1.0593.46Evening by Susan Minot
1.0583.67Dear Exile : The True Story of Two Friends Separated (for a Year) by an Ocean by Hilary Liftin
1.0583.58Tweak : (growing up on methamphetamines) by Nic Sheff
1.0543.88Song Yet Sung by James McBride
1.0543.85Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values by Robert M. Pirsig
1.0533.3The Kiss by Kathryn Harrison
1.0533.51The 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
1.052.91All Souls by Christine Schutt
1.0493.67Metzger's Dog by Thomas Perry
1.0483.08Inglorious by Joanna Kavenna
1.0473.86The 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
1.0433.8The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
1.0433.44The Great Fire by Shirley Hazzard
1.0433.59A Wolf at the Table: A Memoir of My Father by Augusten Burroughs
1.0413.62Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
1.0413.53The Mandala of Sherlock Holmes : the adventures of the great detective in India and Tibet by Jamyang Norbu
1.0393.51Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris
1.0363.93Ordinary Wolves by Seth Kantner
1.0363.44Tinkers by Paul Harding
1.0353.47Jane Austen in Scarsdale: Or Love, Death, and the SATs by Paula Marantz Cohen
1.0343.58Drive by James Sallis
1.0324.11Little, Big by John Crowley
1.0283.39Elizabeth Costello by J. M. Coetzee
1.0273.58Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea by Chelsea Handler
1.0273.74The Shaman Sings by James D. Doss
1.0273.25Interred with Their Bones by Jennifer Lee Carrell
1.0264.02The Long Road Home: A Story of War and Family by Martha Raddatz
1.0253.23Literacy 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
1.0243.74The Queen of the South by Arturo PĂ©rez-Reverte
1.0233.42Deeper by Jeff Long
1.0213.95Decca: The Letters of Jessica Mitford by Jessica Mitford
1.0213.6A Thousand Days in Tuscany: A Bittersweet Adventure by Marlena de Blasi
1.023.42The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
1.0193.24Dear American Airlines by Jonathan Miles
1.0193.98Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
1.0193.71A Three Dog Life by Abigail Thomas
1.0183.52Dry Ice (Dr. Alan Gregory Novels) by Stephen White
1.0173.78Everything That Rises: A Book of Convergences by Lawrence Weschler
1.0173.57Dragon's Keep by Janet Lee Carey
1.0173.75The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister
1.0153.05Snuff by Chuck Palahniuk
1.0143.46Free Food for Millionaires by Min Jin Lee
1.0143.44City of the Beasts by Isabel Allende
1.0123.68The 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
1.0052.81The Worst Thing I've Done by Ursula Hegi
1.0043.37Wild Indigo by Sandi Ault
1.0033.61Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
13.78Broken Verses by Kamila Shamsie
0.9983.62Crossing California by Adam Langer
0.9973.76The Known World by Edward P. Jones
0.9973.6How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
0.9973.13Letter from Point Clear: A Novel by Dennis McFarland
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