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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.

Standard
Deviation
RatingTitle
1.2033.6The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
1.1213.37By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept: A Novel of Forgiveness by Paulo Coelho
1.1193.61Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
1.1113.32The Fifth Mountain by Paulo Coelho
1.0813.87The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
1.0683.62Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho
1.0664.01Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy by David D. Burns
1.0553.55Timeline by Michael Crichton
1.0373.53The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite by David Kessler
1.0153.75Lord of the Flies by William Golding
1.0073.72The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
1.0033.86Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson
1.0033.73The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time by Jeffrey D. Sachs
1.0023.74The Time of the Hero by Mario Vargas Llosa
0.9943.97The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
0.9933.44Prey by Michael Crichton
0.9923.9Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
0.9913.77Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder
0.993.42The Devil and Miss Prym by Paulo Coelho
0.9843.97Love in The Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
0.9823.92Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
0.983.53Children of the Mind by Orson Scott Card
0.9634.07The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
0.9623.93Life of Pi by Yann Martel
0.9594.15The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
0.9553.64Xenocide by Orson Scott Card
0.9533.85Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter by Mario Vargas Llosa
0.9453.98Same Kind of Different As Me: A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together by Ron Hall
0.9443.5Almost French: Love and a New Life in Paris by Sarah Turnbull
0.9393.98Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
0.9324Foundation by Isaac Asimov
0.9224.12The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
0.9193.83The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood
0.9163.99Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
0.9073.7How Doctors Think by Jerome Groopman
0.9074.28The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
0.9064.03Blue Highways: A Journey into America by William Least Heat-Moon
0.9063.7The Now Habit: A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play by Neil Fiore
0.9043.69Multiple Intelligences: The Theory In Practice, A Reader by Howard Gardner
0.9044.08Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
0.9043.74The Great Train Robbery by Michael Crichton
0.9013.72Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
0.8994.01The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
0.8954.03Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
0.8934.01Animal Farm by George Orwell
0.8914.12Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
0.8874.14Ender's Shadow by Orson Scott Card
0.883.83Freakonomics: a Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt
0.8794.2Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini
0.8794.12I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb
0.8794.22The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
0.8763.85The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell
0.8753.62Persian Mirrors: The Elusive Face of Iran by Elaine Sciolino
0.8744.09Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
0.8734.18The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
0.874.02The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
0.8683.67The Undercover Economist by Tim Harford
0.8654.01The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
0.8623.95Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
0.8624.32Influence: Science and Practice (4th Edition) by Robert B. Cialdini
0.8594.03Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
0.8584.22The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
0.8553.91The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
0.8543.8The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World by Eric Weiner
0.8513.92Birth: The Surprising History of How We Are Born by Tina Cassidy
0.854.16The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
0.8493.16Best Friends by Martha Moody
0.8374.21Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard
0.8364.261984 by George Orwell
0.8354.11Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas… by Stephen Ambrose
0.8324.01A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson
0.8313.68The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy: An Economist Examines the Markets, Power, and Politics of World Trade by Pietra Rivoli
0.8294.25The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman
0.8283.97Liar's Poker: Rising Through the Wreckage on Wall Street by Michael Lewis
0.8264.41To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
0.8264.25The Story of Art by E. H. Gombrich
0.8223.67The Innocent by Ian McEwan
0.8113.99When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long-Term Capital Management by Roger Lowenstein
0.8064.16The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
0.8044.13My Life in France by Julia Child
0.8044.38The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
0.8024.24"Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman!" : adventures of a curious character by Richard Feynman
0.7994.22My Own Country by Abraham Verghese
0.7983.78How to Write a Lot by Paul J. Silvia
0.7984.11The Shock of the New by Robert Hughes
0.7924.09Survival of the Sickest by Sharon Moalem
0.7854.37Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
0.7723.95The Man Who Loved Only Numbers: The Story of Paul Erdos and the Search for Mathematical Truth by Paul Hoffman
0.7664.21Bad Science: Quacks, Hacks, and Big Pharma Flacks by Ben Goldacre
0.7574.04Better by Atul Gawande
0.7544.39And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic by Randy Shilts
0.7513.93Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets by Sudhir Venkatesh
0.7454.21Moneyball : the art of winning an unfair game by Michael Lewis
0.7454.34Momo by Michael Ende
0.734.14Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science by Atul Gawande
0.7213.84What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures by Malcolm Gladwell
0.7124.29Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
0.7024.44Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
0.6924.23The Greatest Show on Earth by Richard Dawkins
0.6674.28The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care by T. R. Reid
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