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.

1.1323.64Show Boat by Edna Ferber
1.1093.39The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
1.1033.6Wicked by Gregory Maguire
1.0913.83The Man Who Would Be King and Other Stories by Rudyard Kipling
1.0853.52The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp
1.0763.41What Maisie Knew by Henry James
1.0654.21Bleak House [Norton Critical Edition] by Charles Dickens
1.0413.99Confessions of an Advertising Man by David Ogilvy
1.023.88Cousin Bette by Honoré de Balzac
1.0033.28This year it will be different and other stories by Maeve Binchy
0.9993.84Cloudsplitter by Russell Banks
0.9983.91Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
0.9963.51The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne
0.9953.9The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne
0.9953.87Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ by Lew Wallace
0.9873.51Hard Times by Charles Dickens
0.9853.68Eugénie Grandet by Honoré de Balzac
0.983.78Thérèse Raquin by Émile Zola
0.9753.99The Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni
0.9713.81Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
0.9684.14Demelza by Winston Graham
0.9673.88The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
0.9663.54Bonjour Tristesse by Françoise Sagan
0.9644.04Precious Bane by Mary Webb
0.9643.7220,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
0.9624.03Old New York by Edith Wharton
0.9494.06Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin
0.9463.72Shosha by Isaac Bashevis Singer
0.9424.09The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo
0.9413.74The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
0.9383.9The Aeneid by Virgil
0.9343.76The Tortilla Curtain by T. Coraghessan Boyle
0.9213.79The Warden by Anthony Trollope
0.9213.9Daniel Deronda by George Eliot
0.9143.98Ross Poldark by Winston Graham
0.9123.73Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy
0.9124.03The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
0.9113.9Pnin by Vladimir Nabokov
0.9093.45The Mistress's Daughter: A Memoir by A. M. Homes
0.9083.55The Women by T. C. Boyle
0.9073.68How Doctors Think by Jerome Groopman
0.9073.69Staying On by Paul Scott
0.9043.68The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
0.93.57Pompeii by Robert Harris
0.93.7SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance by Steven D. Levitt
0.8973.98The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
0.8963.8Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
0.8943.83Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens
0.8934.27War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
0.8913.92Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers
0.8913.82The Shape of Mercy: A Novel by Susan Meissner
0.893.98The Jewel in the Crown by Paul Scott
0.8893.96Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
0.8854.25Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
0.8843.64Promise Me by Harlan Coben
0.8844.11Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
0.8823.74Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell
0.8824.12The Far Pavilions by M. M. Kaye
0.883.83Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt
0.883.81The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy
0.8794.04Oblomov by Ivan Goncharov
0.8783.76The Other Hand by Chris Cleave
0.8754.11Evidence of Things Unseen by Marianne Wiggins
0.8754.28Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
0.8723.8Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
0.8724.03The Beast Within by Émile Zola
0.8714.13Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
0.873.87Small Island by Andrea Levy
0.8683.87Saint Maybe by Anne Tyler
0.8684.14Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
0.8673.99Sweet Hereafter: A Novel by Russell Banks
0.8673.92The Belly of Paris by Émile Zola
0.8644.17West with the Night by Beryl Markham
0.863.96The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
0.8594.15God's smuggler by Brother Andrew
0.8593.85Budding Prospects by T. C. Boyle
0.8574.06Straight Man by Richard Russo
0.8544.27Stoner by John Williams
0.8543.71Tell Me Where It Hurts: A Day of Humor, Healing, and Hope in My Life as an Animal Surgeon by Nick Trout
0.8543.78Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins
0.8544.1L'Assommoir by Émile Zola
0.8523.67The Observations by Jane Harris
0.8523.89The Odd Women by George Gissing
0.8483.8Last Night at the Lobster by Stewart O'Nan
0.8444.33Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
0.8443.91Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World by Mark Kurlansky
0.8413.71East Lynne by Ellen Wood
0.8414.08The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
0.8414.15Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
0.8394.19Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset
0.8354.38The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
0.8294.02Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
0.8254Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens
0.8214.58The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York by Robert A. Caro
0.8174.22The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope
0.8164.21Independent People by Halldor Laxness
0.8163.81A Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia by Thomas Keneally
0.8114.12South Riding: An English Landscape by Winifred Holtby
0.814.34A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
0.813.77Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life by Steve Martin
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