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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.

Standard
Deviation
RatingTitle
1.073.02To Hell with All That: Loving and Loathing Our Inner Housewife by Caitlin Flanagan
1.0623.82The Conscious Mind: In Search of a Fundamental Theory by David J. Chalmers
1.0493.4A Tour of the Calculus by David Berlinski
1.033.78Small Pieces Loosely Joined: A Unified Theory of the Web by David Weinberger
1.0033.61Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
0.9953.57A Son of the Circus by John Irving
0.9823.52Interaction Design: Beyond Human-Computer Interaction by Helen Sharp
0.973.91Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett
0.9693.58The Social Life of Information by John Seely Brown
0.9683.67UML Distilled: A Brief Guide to the Standard Object Modeling Language by Martin Fowler
0.9564.02The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman
0.9563.86Everything is Miscellaneous by David Weinberger
0.9473.7A Widow for One Year by John Irving
0.9463.21Information: The New Language of Science by Hans Christian Von Baeyer
0.9424The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
0.943.76The Beach by Alex Garland
0.9283.93Consciousness Explained by Daniel C. Dennett
0.9263.83Galápagos by Kurt Vonnegut
0.9243.39A Perfect Mess: The Hidden Benefits of Disorder--How Crammed Closets, Cluttered Offices, and On-the-Fly Planning Make th by Eric Abrahamson
0.9233.7In the Beginning...was the Command Line by Neal Stephenson
0.923.74Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich
0.9173.96Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
0.9144.28A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
0.9133.86Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
0.9064.09Diet for a New America by John Robbins
0.9034.11The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
0.93.89Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
0.8943.72Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut
0.8923.79Emergence : The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software by Steven Johnson
0.893.73Mind Wide Open: Your Brain and the Neuroscience of Everyday Life by Steven Johnson
0.8863.79The Female Thing: Dirt, Sex, Envy, Vulnerability by Laura Kipnis
0.8854.26Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling
0.8853.87The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan
0.8833.75Flipping the Switch on Technology by Eric Brende
0.8814.13Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
0.8814.15Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling
0.8793.83Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon by Daniel C. Dennett
0.8773.74Woodswoman by Anne Labastille
0.8753.87Born to Buy: The Commercialized Child and the New Consumer Culture by Juliet B. Schor
0.8744.08The Cider House Rules by John Irving
0.8734.12The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
0.873.89A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
0.8634.06The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature by Steven Pinker
0.8614.26Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling
0.863.77Interface Culture : How New Technology Transforms the Way We Create and Communicate by Steven Johnson
0.8594.12Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
0.8584.08The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman
0.8523.63Everything Bad is Good for You: How Today's Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter by Steven Johnson
0.8494.16Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
0.8473.94Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal by Eric Schlosser
0.8373.32Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream by Barbara Ehrenreich
0.8283.53Infotopia: How Many Minds Produce Knowledge by Cass R. Sunstein
0.8264.12The Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady's Illustrated Primer by Neal Stephenson
0.823.93Supercapitalism by Robert B. Reich
0.8113.96The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory by Brian Greene
0.8044.35Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling
0.7973.87The Pattern on the Stone by W. Daniel Hillis
0.7944.35Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling
0.7933.67Stephen Hawking's Universe: The Cosmos Explained by David Filkin
0.7924.24The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan
0.7854.39Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling
0.7683.94The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson
0.7594.4The Visual Display of Quantitative Information by Edward R. Tufte
0.7483.84Decoding the Universe: How the New Science of Information Is Explaining Everything in the Cosmos, from Our Brains to Black Holes by Charles Seife
0.7033.75The New Turing Omnibus: 66 Excursions in Computer Science by A. K. Dewdney
0.5354.03The Scientist in the Crib: What Early Learning Tells Us About the Mind by Alison Gopnik
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