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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
1.1183.35Ecotopia Emerging by Ernest Callenbach
1.0963.93Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
1.0883.9As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
1.0853.35No More Prisons by William Upski Wimsatt
1.0823.91A Death in the Family by James Agee
1.0763.7Egalia's Daughters: A Satire of the Sexes by Gerd Brantenberg
1.0733.28Lovelock by Orson Scott Card
1.0723.62M/F by Anthony Burgess
1.0623.5Ecotopia by Ernest Callenbach
1.0383.64Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinsky
1.0353.77The Marx-Engels Reader by Karl Marx
1.0333.94Walden & On the Duty of Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau
1.033.85The Republic by Plato
1.0183.86Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism by Daniel Pinchbeck
1.0153.74Lord of the Flies by William Golding
1.0113.55Misconceptions: Truth, Lies, and the Unexpected on the Journey to Motherhood by Naomi Wolf
1.0063.81The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
1.0053.83À rebours by Joris-Karl Huysmans
1.0043.42Wigfield: The Can-Do Town That Just May Not by Amy Sedaris
1.0033.68Lonely 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
0.983.9King Solomon's Ring by Konrad Lorenz
0.9763.9Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
0.9763.38Thumbsucker by Walter Kirn
0.9683.97Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
0.9653.63The Plague Dogs by Richard Adams
0.9613.91Web Design in a Nutshell by Jennifer Niederst Robbins
0.9584.09Remember, be here now by Ram Dass
0.9564.15Animal 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
0.9383.4Drag 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
0.9223.94Ascending Peculiarity: Edward Gorey on Edward Gorey by Edward Gorey
0.922.95Mosquitoes by William Faulkner
0.9193.94Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke
0.9143.37Amsterdam by Ian McEwan
0.9074.22The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
0.9014.21The Flowers of Evil by Charles Baudelaire
0.8963.51Black, White, and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self by Rebecca Walker
0.8943.72Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut
0.8943.9Go 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
0.8893.86The 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 by Howard Zinn
0.8853.54The 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
0.8814.13Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
0.8764.29The Teenage Liberation Handbook: How to Quit School and Get a Real Life and Education by Grace Llewellyn
0.8753.63Marx for beginners by Rius
0.8744.2128 Barbary Lane by Armistead Maupin
0.8744.16Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware
0.8724.12Europe and the people without history by Eric R. 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
0.8614.06Brave 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
0.8453.89Bluebeard by Kurt Vonnegut
0.8454.24The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X
0.8364.16A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
0.8364.25Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
0.8354.23Nine Stories by J. D. Salinger
0.8314.14You 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
0.8194.27Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival by Bernd Heinrich
0.8054.16In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
0.8024.38The Acme Novelty Library by Chris Ware
0.764.45Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Little House Books, Complete (Library of America) 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 Thích Nhất Hạnh
0.7494.06The Planet That Wasn't by Isaac Asimov
0.7433.56Diary of a Mad Housewife by Sue Kaufman
0.7344.42Amphigorey Too by Edward Gorey
0.734.34The Portable Oscar Wilde by Oscar Wilde
0.7074.21The Haunted Looking Glass: Ghost Stories Chosen by Edward Gorey by Edward Gorey
0.74.44Maus : a survivor's tale I by Art Spiegelman
0.6974.35Tokyo: 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
0.6654.22The World of Edward Gorey by Clifford Ross
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