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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
1.1033.77How to cure a fanatic by Amos Oz
1.0553.3Fury by Salman Rushdie
1.0483.33Quiet, Please: Dispatches from a Public Librarian by Scott Douglas
0.9913.84Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
0.9823.67Money by Martin Amis
0.9763.9Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow
0.9723.65Ring by Koji Suzuki
0.9543.8A Simple Plan by Scott Smith
0.9493.62Spiral by Koji Suzuki
0.9413.9What My Mother Doesn't Know by Sonya Sones
0.9253.73Godless by Pete Hautman
0.9183.89Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn
0.9083.77Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow by Peter Høeg
0.9064.06Children of the Arbat by Anatoli Rybakov
0.9033.66Loop by Koji Suzuki
0.94.01Our Oriental Heritage by Will Durant
0.8994.11Caesar and Christ by Will Durant
0.8833.42Watchman by Ian Rankin
0.8823.74The White Lioness by Henning Mankell
0.8714.02No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
0.8714.01The Life of Greece by Will Durant
0.874.02The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
0.8583.85A Perfect Spy by John le Carré
0.8464.04Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
0.8454A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin
0.8364.16A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
0.8333.57Knots and Crosses by Ian Rankin
0.8283.92Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain
0.8273.62The Dogs of Riga by Henning Mankell
0.8243.69The Man Who Smiled by Henning Mankell
0.8243.39The Bat by Jo Nesbo
0.8193.75Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman
0.8193.68Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating with More Than 75 Recipes by Mark Bittman
0.8064.15The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
0.8053.81The Devil You Know by Mike Carey
0.7994.4A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
0.7953.91The Fifth Woman by Henning Mankell
0.7933.87Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink
0.7844.14The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson
0.7794.13The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson
0.7364.46A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin
0.7244.35A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin
0.7183.64The Pyramid: And Four Other Kurt Wallander Mysteries by Henning Mankell
0.6753.93Heist Society by Ally Carter
0.6634.17The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis
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