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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
1.1093.39The 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
1.0853.5The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp
1.0763.42What Maisie Knew by Henry James
1.0654.24Bleak 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
1.0033.3This 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
0.9953.89Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ by Lew Wallace
0.9873.51Hard Times by Charles Dickens
0.9853.68Eugénie Grandet by Honoré de Balzac
0.983.79Thérèse Raquin by Émile Zola
0.9753.99The Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni
0.9713.81Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
0.9684.18Demelza 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
0.9624.04Old New York by Edith Wharton
0.9494.07Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin
0.9463.72Shosha by Isaac Bashevis Singer
0.9424.11The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo
0.9343.75The Tortilla Curtain by T. Coraghessan Boyle
0.9213.8The Warden by Anthony Trollope
0.9213.91Daniel Deronda by George Eliot
0.9143.99Ross Poldark by Winston Graham
0.9123.74Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy
0.9124.03The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
0.9113.91Pnin 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
0.9073.67Staying On by Paul Scott
0.9043.69The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
0.93.58Pompeii by Robert Harris
0.93.71SuperFreakonomics: 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
0.8913.93Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers
0.8913.82The Shape of Mercy: A Novel by Susan Meissner
0.893.99The Jewel in the Crown by Paul Scott
0.8893.96Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
0.8843.64Promise Me by Harlan Coben
0.8844.11Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
0.8823.75Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell
0.8824.13The Far Pavilions by M. M. Kaye
0.883.83Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt
0.883.8The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy
0.8794.04Oblomov by Ivan Goncharov
0.8783.76The Other Hand by Chris Cleave
0.8754.12Evidence of Things Unseen by Marianne Wiggins
0.8754.28Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
0.8723.81Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
0.8724.03The Beast Within by Émile Zola
0.8714.13Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
0.873.88Small Island by Andrea Levy
0.8683.87Saint Maybe by Anne Tyler
0.8674The Sweet Hereafter by Russell Banks
0.8673.92The Belly of Paris by Émile Zola
0.8644.18West with the Night by Beryl Markham
0.863.96The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
0.8594.14God's smuggler by Brother Andrew
0.8593.85Budding Prospects by T. C. Boyle
0.8574.06Straight Man by Richard Russo
0.8544.28Stoner by John Williams
0.8543.72Tell Me Where It Hurts: A Day of Humor, Healing, and Hope in My Life as an Animal Surgeon by Nick Trout
0.8543.75Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins
0.8544.09L'Assommoir by Émile Zola
0.8523.67The Observations by Jane Harris
0.8523.89The Odd Women by George Gissing
0.8483.79Last 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
0.8413.7East 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
0.8294.03Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
0.8254Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens
0.8214.57The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York by Robert A. Caro
0.8174.21The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope
0.8164.23Independent People by Halldor Laxness
0.8163.81A Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia by Thomas Keneally
0.8114.13South 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
0.8064.17The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan
0.8054.04A splendid exchange : how trade shaped the world by William J. Bernstein
0.7983.92He Knew He Was Right by Anthony Trollope
0.7913.86The Wal-Mart Effect: How the World's Most Powerful Company Really Works--and How It's Transforming the American Economy by Charles Fishman
0.7894.03A 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
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