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.

1.2033.59The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
1.1213.39By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept: A Novel of Forgiveness by Paulo Coelho
1.1193.58Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
1.1113.3The Fifth Mountain by Paulo Coelho
1.0813.83The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
1.0683.61Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho
1.0663.93Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy by David D. Burns
1.0553.54Timeline by Michael Crichton
1.0393.73The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
1.0373.55The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite by David Kessler
1.0193.79Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
1.0153.74Lord of the Flies by William Golding
1.0073.71The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
1.0033.83Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson
1.0033.72The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time by Jeffrey D. Sachs
1.0023.76The 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
0.993.41The Devil and Miss Prym by Paulo Coelho
0.9843.96Love in The Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
0.9823.91The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
0.983.53Children of the Mind by Orson Scott Card
0.9634.03The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
0.9623.92Life of Pi by Yann Martel
0.9594.13The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
0.9553.63Xenocide by Orson Scott Card
0.9533.85Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter by Mario Vargas Llosa
0.9453.97Same Kind of Different As Me: A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together by Ron Hall
0.9443.49Almost 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
0.9253.86The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
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
0.9073.68How Doctors Think by Jerome Groopman
0.9074.26The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
0.9064.04Blue 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
0.9043.73Multiple Intelligences: The Theory In Practice, A Reader by Howard Gardner
0.9044.09Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
0.9043.74The Great Train Robbery by Michael Crichton
0.9013.75Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
0.8994The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
0.8954.04Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
0.8933.99Animal Farm by George Orwell
0.8914.1Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
0.8874.13Ender's Shadow by Orson Scott Card
0.883.83Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt
0.8794.21Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini
0.8794.11I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb
0.8794.2The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
0.8763.85The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell
0.8753.63Persian Mirrors: The Elusive Face of Iran by Elaine Sciolino
0.8744.08Water for Elephants: A Novel by Sara Gruen
0.8734.17The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
0.874.02The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
0.8683.68The Undercover Economist: Exposing Why the Rich Are Rich, the Poor Are Poor--and Why You Can Never Buy a Decent Used Car by Tim Harford
0.8654.01The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
0.8623.96Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
0.8624.29Influence: Science and Practice (4th Edition) by Robert B. Cialdini
0.8594.03Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: A Novel by Lisa See
0.8584.21The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
0.8553.91The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
0.8543.78The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World by Eric Weiner
0.8513.97Birth: The Surprising History of How We Are Born by Tina Cassidy
0.854.15The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
0.8493.14Best Friends by Martha Moody
0.8374.2Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard
0.8364.251984 by George Orwell
0.8354.1Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas… by Stephen E. Ambrose
0.8324.01A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson
0.8313.67The 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
0.8283.98Liar's Poker: Rising Through the Wreckage on Wall Street by Michael Lewis
0.8264.4To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
0.8264.26The Story of Art by E. H. Gombrich
0.8223.66The Innocent by Ian McEwan
0.8113.99When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long-Term Capital Management by Roger Lowenstein
0.8064.15The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
0.8044.14My Life in France by Julia Child
0.8044.37The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
0.8024.24"Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman!" : adventures of a curious character by Richard Feynman
0.7994.2My Own Country: A Doctor's Story by Abraham Verghese
0.7983.82How to Write a Lot by Paul J. Silvia
0.7984.08The Shock of the New by Robert Hughes
0.7924.1Survival of the Sickest by Sharon Moalem
0.7874.27A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
0.7854.35Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
0.7723.94The Man Who Loved Only Numbers: The Story of Paul Erdos and the Search for Mathematical Truth by Paul Hoffman
0.7664.18Bad Science: Quacks, Hacks, and Big Pharma Flacks by Ben Goldacre
0.7574.02Better by Atul Gawande
0.7544.41And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic by Randy Shilts
0.7513.91Gang 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
0.7454.33Momo by Michael Ende
0.734.13Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science by Atul Gawande
0.7213.82What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures by Malcolm Gladwell
0.7124.27Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
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