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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.

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Deviation
RatingTitle
1.1463.25Graphic Artists Guild Handbook: Pricing & Ethical Guidelines (Graphic Artists Guild Handbook: Pricing & Ethical Guidelines) by Graphic Artists Guild
1.1373.54Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
1.123.35Tommy's Tale by Alan Cumming
1.1183.29Ecotopia Emerging by Ernest Callenbach
1.0963.92Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
1.0883.9As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
1.0853.37No More Prisons by William Upski Wimsatt
1.0823.9A Death in the Family by James Agee
1.0763.69Egalia's Daughters: A Satire of the Sexes by Gerd Brantenberg
1.0733.29Lovelock by Orson Scott Card
1.0723.64M/F by Anthony Burgess
1.0623.49Ecotopia by Ernest Callenbach
1.0383.65Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinsky
1.0353.75The Marx-Engels Reader by Karl Marx
1.0333.97Walden & On the Duty of Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau
1.033.85The Republic by Plato
1.0183.88Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism by Daniel Pinchbeck
1.0153.75Lord of the Flies by William Golding
1.0113.53Misconceptions: Truth, Lies, and the Unexpected on the Journey to Motherhood by Naomi Wolf
1.0063.81The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
1.0053.85Against Nature by Joris-Karl Huysmans
1.0043.44Wigfield: The Can-Do Town That Just May Not by Amy Sedaris
1.0033.7Lonely Planet India by Sarina Singh
0.9893.6The Daydreamer by Ian McEwan
0.9854.29Design for the Real World: Human Ecology and Social Change by Victor Papanek
0.9833.78Sula by Toni Morrison
0.9833.92Orlando by Virginia Woolf
0.9814.16Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
0.983.91King Solomon's Ring by Konrad Lorenz
0.9763.91Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
0.9763.39Thumbsucker by Walter Kirn
0.9683.97Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
0.9653.61The Plague Dogs by Richard Adams
0.9613.91Web Design in a Nutshell by Jennifer Niederst Robbins
0.9584.08Remember, be here now by Ram Dass
0.9564.13Animal Liberation by Peter Singer
0.9463.88Solaris 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
0.9383.43Drag King Dreams by Leslie Feinberg
0.9363.75Henry 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
0.933.98The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
0.9283.78A Passage to India by E. M. Forster
0.9273.8Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin
0.9223.95Ascending Peculiarity: Edward Gorey on Edward Gorey by Edward Gorey
0.922.88Mosquitoes by William Faulkner
0.9193.94Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke
0.9143.38Amsterdam by Ian McEwan
0.9074.22The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
0.9014.2The Flowers of Evil by Charles Baudelaire
0.8963.54Black, White, and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self by Rebecca Walker
0.8943.71Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut
0.8943.88Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
0.8923.52Bluebeard's Egg and Other Stories by Margaret Atwood
0.894.23Watership Down by Richard Adams
0.8893.91The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory by Carol J. Adams
0.8894.01Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
0.8864.23A People's History of the United States: 1492 to Present by Howard Zinn
0.8853.5The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage by Todd Gitlin
0.8854.07Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
0.8834.03Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot
0.8814.14Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
0.8764.31The Teenage Liberation Handbook: How to Quit School and Get a Real Life and Education by Grace Llewellyn
0.8753.63Marx for Beginners by Rius
0.8744.1928 Barbary Lane by Armistead Maupin
0.8744.18Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware
0.8724.12Europe and the People Without History by Eric Wolf
0.8713.78The Damned by Joris-Karl Huysmans
0.8714.042001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke
0.8694.04Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh
0.8664.14The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin
0.8663.97Contact by Carl Sagan
0.8614.08Brave New World and Brave New World Revisited by Aldous Huxley
0.8594.12Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
0.8584.27The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
0.8574.12Fight 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
0.8364.26Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
0.8354.23Nine Stories by J. D. Salinger
0.8314.08You Come Too by Robert Frost
0.8263.86Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs by John Lydon
0.824.22The Good Life by Scott Nearing
0.8194.27Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival by Bernd Heinrich
0.8054.16In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
0.8024.4The Acme Novelty Library by Chris Ware
0.764.46The Little House Books by Laura Ingalls Wilder
0.7574.32Amphigorey Also by Edward Gorey
0.754.32Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life by Thich Nhat Hanh
0.7493.98The Planet That Wasn't by Isaac Asimov
0.7433.6Diary of a Mad Housewife by Sue Kaufman
0.7344.42Amphigorey Too by Edward Gorey
0.734.3The Portable Oscar Wilde by Oscar Wilde
0.7074.22The Haunted Looking Glass: Ghost Stories Chosen by Edward Gorey by Edward Gorey
0.74.45Maus I: A Survivor's Tale by Art Spiegelman
0.6974.33Tokyo: A Certain Style by Kyoichi Tsuzuki
0.6924.36Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy by Matthew Scully
0.6654.23The world of Edward Gorey by Clifford Ross
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