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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
1.2993.84House of Rain: Tracking a Vanished Civilization Across the American Southwest by Craig Childs
1.2383.53The Bestiary by Nicholas Christopher
1.1873.4Hothouse Flower by Margot Berwin
1.1753.94Haunted Castle on Hallow's Eve by Mary Pope Osborne
1.1643.46An 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
1.1573.17Beautiful Children by Charles Bock
1.1463.89Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
1.1393.18The Necklace: Thirteen Women and the Experiment That Transformed Their Lives by Cheryl Jarvis
1.1293.17The Unknown Terrorist by Richard Flanagan
1.1253.23Beginner's Greek by James Collins
1.1234.27The Principles of Uncertainty by Maira Kalman
1.1193.61Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
1.1173.42A Killer's Kiss by William Lashner
1.1113.09The New Yorkers: A Novel by Cathleen Schine
1.1043.27The Dirty Girls Social Club: A Novel by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez
1.1043.22How Starbucks Saved My Life by Michael Gates Gill
1.1043.66A 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
1.0993.43La Cucina: A Novel of Rapture by Lily Prior
1.0983.48The perfect summer: England 1911, just before the storm by Juliet Nicolson
1.0963.53The Blue Flower by Penelope Fitzgerald
1.0963.44Grayson by Lynne Cox
1.0963.51Five Minds for the Future by Howard Gardner
1.0943.72One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus
1.0943.02An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England by Brock Clarke
1.0923.59Gertrude Bell: Desert Queen by Georgina Howell
1.0893.48The Sea by John Banville
1.0883.9As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
1.0883.4The Night Inspector by Frederick Busch
1.0813.3Alibi by Joseph Kanon
1.083.53The Hamilton Case by Michelle de Kretser
1.0783.39The Little Friend by Donna Tartt
1.0773.13The Sea Lady by Margaret Drabble
1.0753.48The Elfish Gene: Dungeons, Dragons and Growing Up Strange by Mark Barrowcliffe
1.0623.62The Canon by Natalie Angier
1.0613.86In Legend Born by Laura Resnick
1.0593.43Evening by Susan Minot
1.0583.66Dear Exile : The True Story of Two Friends Separated (for a Year) by an Ocean by Hilary Liftin
1.0583.54Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines by Nic Sheff
1.0543.9Song Yet Sung by James McBride
1.0543.85Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig
1.0533.33The Kiss by Kathryn Harrison
1.0533.5The 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
1.0493.68Metzger's Dog by Thomas Perry
1.0483.08Inglorious by Joanna Kavenna
1.0473.96The Shepherd of the Hills by Harold Bell Wright
1.0443.83She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb
1.0443.45My Dream of You by Nuala O'Faolain
1.0433.81The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
1.0433.41The Great Fire by Shirley Hazzard
1.0433.58A Wolf at the Table: A Memoir of My Father by Augusten Burroughs
1.0413.62Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
1.0413.61The Mandala of Sherlock Holmes : the adventures of the great detective in India and Tibet by Jamyang Norbu
1.0393.52Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris
1.0363.91Ordinary Wolves by Seth Kantner
1.0363.45Tinkers by Paul Harding
1.0353.43Jane Austen in Scarsdale: Or Love, Death, and the SATs by Paula Marantz Cohen
1.0343.6Drive by James Sallis
1.0324.12Little, Big by John Crowley
1.0283.39Elizabeth Costello by J.M. Coetzee
1.0273.61Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea by Chelsea Handler
1.0273.69The Shaman Sings (Charlie Moon Mysteries) 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
1.0253.3The Memoirs of a Beautiful Boy by Robert Leleux
1.0243.46Firmin by Sam Savage
1.0243.71The Queen of the South by Arturo PĂ©rez-Reverte
1.0233.43Deeper by Jeff Long
1.0214.03Decca: The Letters of Jessica Mitford by Jessica Mitford
1.0213.53A Thousand Days in Tuscany: A Bittersweet Adventure by Marlena de Blasi
1.023.41The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
1.0193.29Dear American Airlines by Jonathan Miles
1.0193.98Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
1.0193.67A Three Dog Life by Abigail Thomas
1.0183.52Dry Ice by Stephen White
1.0173.86Everything That Rises: A Book of Convergences by Lawrence Weschler
1.0173.64Dragon's Keep by Janet Lee Carey
1.0173.76The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister
1.0153.05Snuff by Chuck Palahniuk
1.0143.5Free Food for Millionaires by Min Jin Lee
1.0143.43City of the Beasts by Isabel Allende
1.0123.65The Luminous Life of Lilly Aphrodite by Beatrice Colin
1.0083.71The Birthday Party: A Memoir of Survival by Stanley N. Alpert
1.0073.68Fortune's Rocks by Anita Shreve
1.0052.74The Worst Thing I've Done by Ursula Hegi
1.0043.39Wild Indigo by Sandi Ault
1.0033.61Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
13.85Broken Verses by Kamila Shamsie
0.9983.65Crossing 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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