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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
1.1373.52Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
1.123.35Tommy's Tale by Alan Cumming
1.1183.36Ecotopia Emerging by Ernest Callenbach
1.0963.94Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
1.0883.9As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
1.0853.33No More Prisons by William Upski Wimsatt
1.0823.91A Death in the Family by James Agee
1.0763.72Egalia's Daughters: A Satire of the Sexes by Gerd Brantenberg
1.0733.25Lovelock by Orson Scott Card
1.0723.63M/F by Anthony Burgess
1.0623.5Ecotopia by Ernest Callenbach
1.0383.66Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinsky
1.0353.79The Marx-Engels Reader by Karl Marx
1.0333.91Walden & On the Duty of Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau
1.033.84The Republic by Plato
1.0183.89Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism by Daniel Pinchbeck
1.0153.74Lord of the Flies by William Golding
1.0113.54Misconceptions: Truth, Lies, and the Unexpected on the Journey to Motherhood by Naomi Wolf
1.0063.82The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
1.0053.81Against Nature by Joris-Karl Huysmans
1.0043.41Wigfield: The Can-Do Town That Just May Not by Amy Sedaris
1.0033.68Lonely Planet India by Sarina Singh
0.9893.55The Daydreamer by Ian McEwan
0.9854.28Design for the Real World: Human Ecology and Social Change by Victor Papanek
0.9833.79Sula by Toni Morrison
0.9833.9Orlando by Virginia Woolf
0.9814.13Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
0.983.89King Solomon's Ring by Konrad Lorenz
0.9763.9Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
0.9763.34Thumbsucker by Walter Kirn
0.9683.97Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
0.9653.65The Plague Dogs by Richard Adams
0.9613.93Web Design in a Nutshell by Jennifer Niederst Robbins
0.9584.1Remember, be here now by Ram Dass
0.9564.16Animal Liberation by Peter Singer
0.9463.89Solaris by Stanisław Lem
0.944.04An Autobiography: the Story of My Experiments with Truth by Mohandas Karamchand (Mahatma) Gandhi
0.943.56The Children of Men by P. D. James
0.9383.4Drag King Dreams by Leslie Feinberg
0.9363.76Henry and June: From A Journal of Love: the Unexpurgated Diary of Anais Nin (1931-1932) by Anaïs Nin
0.9343.83The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
0.933.97The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
0.9283.77A Passage to India by E. M. Forster
0.9273.79Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin
0.9223.97Ascending Peculiarity: Edward Gorey on Edward Gorey by Edward Gorey
0.922.94Mosquitoes by William Faulkner
0.9193.93Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke
0.9143.38Amsterdam by Ian McEwan
0.9074.22The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
0.9014.21Les Fleurs du Mal by Charles Baudelaire
0.8963.49Black, White, and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self by Rebecca Walker
0.8943.72Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut
0.8943.89Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
0.8923.53Bluebeard's Egg and Other Stories by Margaret Atwood
0.894.22Watership Down by Richard Adams
0.8893.88The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory by Carol J. Adams
0.8894.01Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
0.8864.24A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn
0.8853.57The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage by Todd Gitlin
0.8854.07Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
0.8834.04Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot
0.8814.12Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
0.8764.27The Teenage Liberation Handbook: How to Quit School and Get a Real Life and Education by Grace Llewellyn
0.8753.67Marx for Beginners by Rius
0.8744.2228 Barbary Lane by Armistead Maupin
0.8744.15Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware
0.8724.15Europe and the people without history by Eric R. Wolf
0.8713.8The Damned by Joris-Karl Huysmans
0.8713.982001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke
0.8694.03Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh
0.8664.15The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin
0.8663.97Contact by Carl Sagan
0.8614.08Brave New World & Brave New World Revisited by Aldous Huxley
0.8594.12Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
0.8584.26The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
0.8574.11Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
0.8453.9Bluebeard by Kurt Vonnegut
0.8454.24The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X
0.8364.16A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
0.8364.251984 by George Orwell
0.8354.17Nine Stories by J. D. Salinger
0.8314.15You Come Too by Robert Frost
0.8263.82Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs by John Lydon
0.824.22The Good Life by Scott Nearing
0.8194.26Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival by Bernd Heinrich
0.8054.16In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
0.8024.37The Acme Novelty Library by Chris Ware
0.764.44Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Little House Books, Complete (Library of America) by Laura Ingalls Wilder
0.7574.31Amphigorey Also by Edward Gorey
0.754.34Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life by Thích Nhất Hạnh
0.7494.04The Planet That Wasn't by Isaac Asimov
0.7433.61Diary of a Mad Housewife by Sue Kaufman
0.7344.41Amphigorey Too by Edward Gorey
0.734.34The Portable Oscar Wilde by Oscar Wilde
0.7074.27The Haunted Looking Glass: Ghost Stories Chosen by Edward Gorey by Edward Gorey
0.74.43Maus : a survivor's tale I by Art Spiegelman
0.6974.34Tokyo: A Certain Style by Kyoichi Tsuzuki
0.6924.38Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy by Matthew Scully
0.6654.24The World of Edward Gorey by Clifford Ross
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