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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
1.1323.6Show Boat by Edna Ferber
1.1093.4The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
1.1033.62Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
1.0913.8The Man Who Would Be King and Other Stories by Rudyard Kipling
1.0853.57The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp
1.0763.45What Maisie Knew by Henry James
1.0654.24Bleak House [Norton Critical Edition] by Charles Dickens
1.0413.95Confessions of an Advertising Man by David Ogilvy
1.023.89Cousin Bette by Honoré de Balzac
1.0033.27This Year It Will Be Different by Maeve Binchy
0.9993.82Cloudsplitter by Russell Banks
0.9983.91Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
0.9963.55The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne
0.9953.92The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne
0.9953.93Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ by Lew Wallace
0.9873.5Hard Times by Charles Dickens
0.9853.7Eugénie Grandet by Honoré de Balzac
0.983.78Thérèse Raquin by Émile Zola
0.9754The Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni
0.9713.8Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
0.9673.87The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
0.9663.54Bonjour Tristesse by Françoise Sagan
0.9644.06Precious Bane by Mary Webb
0.9643.7220,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
0.9624.04Old New York by Edith Wharton
0.9494.15Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin
0.9463.76Shosha by Isaac Bashevis Singer
0.9343.76The Tortilla Curtain by Tom Coraghessan Boyle
0.9213.84The Warden by Anthony Trollope
0.9213.91Daniel Deronda by George Eliot
0.9123.87Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy
0.9124.03The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
0.9113.89Pnin by Vladimir Nabokov
0.9093.43The Mistress's Daughter: A Memoir by A. M. Homes
0.9083.54The Women by T.C. Boyle
0.9073.7How Doctors Think by Jerome Groopman
0.9073.67Staying On by Paul Scott
0.9043.71The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
0.93.57Pompeii by Robert Harris
0.93.72SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance by Steven D. Levitt
0.8974The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
0.8963.8Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
0.8943.88Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens
0.8913.88The Shape of Mercy: A Novel by Susan Meissner
0.894.01The Jewel in the Crown by Paul Scott
0.8843.62Promise Me by Harlan Coben
0.8823.77Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell
0.8824.15The Far Pavilions by M. M. Kaye
0.883.83Freakonomics: a Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt
0.883.85The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy
0.8794.06Oblomov by Ivan Goncharov
0.8783.77The Other Hand by Chris Cleave
0.8754.1Evidence of Things Unseen: A Novel by Marianne Wiggins
0.8754.29Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
0.8723.81Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
0.8724.05The Beast Within by Émile Zola
0.873.88Small Island by Andrea Levy
0.8683.86Saint Maybe by Anne Tyler
0.8673.98The Sweet Hereafter by Russell Banks
0.8673.9The Belly of Paris by Émile Zola
0.8644.18West with the Night by Beryl Markham
0.863.97The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
0.8594.18God's smuggler by Andrew van der Bijl
0.8574.07Straight Man by Richard Russo
0.8543.75Tell Me Where It Hurts: A Day of Humor, Healing, and Hope in My Life as an Animal Surgeon by Nick Trout
0.8543.74Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins
0.8544.09L'Assommoir by Émile Zola
0.8523.68The Observations by Jane Harris
0.8483.79Last Night at the Lobster by Stewart O'Nan
0.8444.36Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
0.8443.91Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World by Mark Kurlansky
0.8413.75East Lynne by Mrs. Henry Wood
0.8414.1The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
0.8414.17Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
0.8394.18Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset
0.8294.03Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
0.8174.2The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope
0.8164.19Independent People by Halldór Laxness
0.8163.81A Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia by Thomas Keneally
0.8114.11South Riding: An English Landscape by Winifred Holtby
0.814.34A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
0.813.75Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life by Steve Martin
0.8064.19The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan
0.8053.99A splendid exchange : how trade shaped the world by William J. Bernstein
0.7983.93He Knew He Was Right by Anthony Trollope
0.7913.87The Wal-Mart Effect: How the World's Most Powerful Company Really Works--and How It's Transforming the American Economy by Charles Fishman
0.7893.98A Terrible Glory: Custer and the Little Bighorn - the Last Great Battle of the American West by James Donovan
0.7883.89Sacred Country by Rose Tremain
0.774.17The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey by Candice Millard
0.7673.75The Snapper by Roddy Doyle
0.7664.09Here If You Need Me: A True Story by Kate Braestrup
0.7644.09The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature by Matt Ridley
0.7613.74The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins
0.7574.18Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth
0.7434.21Collected Short Stories, volume 2 by W. Somerset Maugham
0.743.86Hospital Sketches by Louisa May Alcott
0.7393.8A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage
0.7374.31The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman
0.7364.06Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope
0.7353.87The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
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