Controversial Books for AthenaR

This page shows the most "controversial" books in this library, as measured by the highest standard deviation of members' star ratings.

Standard Deviation Average Rating Your Rating Title
1.324 3.49 I Love Dick by Chris Kraus
1.321 3.28 The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride
1.251 3.62 Glass, Paper, Beans : Revelations on the Nature and Value of Ordinary Things by Leah Hager Cohen
1.215 3.71 The Abundance: Narrative Essays Old and New by Annie Dillard
1.157 3.87 Mornings Like This: Found Poems by Annie Dillard
1.117 3.77 A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
1.099 3.82 Too Much and Not the Mood: Essays by Durga Chew-Bose
1.085 3.78 Ordinary Light: A Memoir by Tracy K. Smith
1.066 3.42 The Little Friend by Donna Tartt
1.062 3.45 The Bricks that Built the Houses by Kae Tempest
1.048 3.9 Ongoingness: The End of a Diary by Sarah Manguso
1.045 3.75 A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster by Rebecca Solnit
1.039 3.68 Can't and Won't by Lydia Davis
1.029 3.5 The Haunting of Brynn Wilder by Wendy Webb
1.024 3.62 Leaving the Atocha Station by Ben Lerner
1.024 3.98 World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments by Aimee Nezhukumatathil
1.007 4.09 The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
1.003 3.45 The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards
1 3.74 Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present by Charlotte Zolotow
0.998 4.15 Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place by Terry Tempest Williams
0.995 3.79 Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer
0.99 3.94 The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
0.988 3.91 Action Jackson by Jan Greenberg
0.987 3.89 Running in the Family by Michael Ondaatje
0.987 4 The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman
0.978 3.65 The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian
0.975 3.48 Single, Carefree, Mellow: Stories by Katherine Heiny
0.972 3.94 The Kingdom of Ordinary Time: Poems by Marie Howe
0.968 3.53 The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry
0.962 3.98 Everyday Matters by Danny Gregory
0.958 3.48 Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam
0.957 3.88 White Oleander by Janet Fitch
0.957 3.7 Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin
0.957 3.87 The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet by Reif Larsen
0.955 4.09 Underland: A Deep Time Journey by Robert Macfarlane
0.953 4.17 You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir by Sherman Alexie
0.953 4.2 Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
0.952 3.85 Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
0.949 3.44 The Dive from Clausen's Pier by Ann Packer
0.949 4.1 The Light of the World: A Memoir by Elizabeth Alexander
0.948 3.69 The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
0.946 4.06 The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
0.943 4.23 Blood, Bread, and Poetry: Selected Prose 1979-1985 by Adrienne Rich
0.942 4.07 The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
0.941 3.62 The Empty Family: Stories by Colm Tóibín
0.939 3.73 Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill
0.937 3.87 The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath by Leslie Jamison
0.937 4.09 Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
0.936 3.57 Wildwood by Colin Meloy
0.936 3.75 Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
0.936 4.11 The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
0.934 4.04 Selected Poems by William Carlos Williams
0.934 4.04 The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley
0.933 4.07 Lunch Poems by Frank O'Hara
0.932 3.62 The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff
0.931 3.66 The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe
0.93 3.69 The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
0.927 3.7 When She Woke by Hillary Jordan
0.927 3.57 This Book is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All by Marilyn Johnson
0.926 4.04 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East by Naomi Shihab Nye
0.922 3.64 The Fifth Petal by Brunonia Barry
0.922 4.33 The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa
0.918 3.7 Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
0.915 4.23 The Principles of Uncertainty by Maira Kalman
0.913 4.2 The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka
0.913 3.6 Lincoln's Dreams by Connie Willis
0.912 3.7 St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves: Stories by Karen Russell
0.912 4.16 Bluets by Maggie Nelson
0.911 4.12 Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy
0.91 4.33 Local Wonders: Seasons in the Bohemian Alps by Ted Kooser
0.91 4.04 Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
0.909 3.26 See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt
0.908 3.93 On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
0.908 4.17 Holy the Firm by Annie Dillard
0.908 3.84 Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
0.904 4.14 Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver
0.902 3.93 The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix
0.9 3.59 Sleepless Nights by Elizabeth Hardwick
0.899 3.99 Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
0.898 4.06 The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter
0.897 4.13 To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
0.895 4.05 Questions about Angels: Poems by Billy Collins
0.893 3.87 Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities by Rebecca Solnit
0.893 4.06 The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman
0.889 4.05 The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow
0.888 4.01 The Wild Places by Robert Macfarlane
0.888 3.66 Weather by Jenny Offill
0.887 3.93 Truth and Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett
0.883 3.71 In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri
0.88 4.21 The Very Best of Charles de Lint by Charles de Lint
0.877 4.16 Delights and Shadows by Ted Kooser
0.875 3.86 Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living by Krista Tippett
0.872 4.16 When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voice by Terry Tempest Williams
0.871 4.06 The Solace of Open Spaces by Gretel Ehrlich
0.87 3.71 The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon
0.869 4.06 August: Osage County by Tracy Letts
0.869 3.97 What Remains: A Memoir of Fate, Friendship, and Love by Carole Radziwill
0.868 3.9 Cultivating Delight: A Natural History of My Garden by Diane Ackerman
0.868 4.03 Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
0.867 3.8 Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times by Katherine May
0.863 3.94 The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
0.855 3.83 A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit
0.854 3.78 The Peach Keeper: A Novel by Sarah Addison Allen
0.853 4 The Book of Delights: Essays by Ross Gay
0.852 4.35 Life Doesn't Frighten Me by Maya Angelou
0.852 4.07 The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
0.851 4.25 River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West by Rebecca Solnit
0.85 3.95 The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
0.849 4.26 The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis by Lydia Davis
0.848 4.12 The Dead and the Living by Sharon Olds
0.848 4.04 Nine Horses: Poems by Billy Collins
0.846 4.08 Vesper Flights by Helen Macdonald
0.845 3.94 The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen
0.845 4.28 American Primitive by Mary Oliver
0.845 4.12 The Faraway Nearby by Rebecca Solnit
0.845 4.02 Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain
0.845 3.89 Euphoria by Lily King
0.843 4.22 Being Alive: The Sequel to "Staying Alive" by Neil Astley
0.84 4.36 Wit: A Play by Margaret Edson
0.84 4.28 The Anthropology of Turquoise: Reflections on Desert, Sea, Stone, and Sky by Ellen Meloy
0.839 4.13 Dreams Underfoot: A Newford Collection by Charles de Lint
0.838 3.9 Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire
0.838 3.84 Sisters of the Earth: Women's Prose and Poetry About Nature by Lorraine Anderson
0.838 3.92 Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry by Billy Collins
0.837 4.06 Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire
0.836 3.88 New Life, No Instructions: A Memoir by Gail Caldwell
0.836 3.65 Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
0.835 4.32 Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems and Drawings by Shel Silverstein
0.835 4.01 Let's Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship by Gail Caldwell
0.832 4.06 Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson
0.831 4.25 The Shadow of Sirius by W. S. Merwin
0.828 3.87 First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen
0.828 4.18 Selected Poems of Langston Hughes by Langston Hughes
0.826 3.93 Brand New Ancients by Kae Tempest
0.825 4.1 Look, I Made a Hat: Collected Lyrics (1981-2011) with Attendant Comments, Amplifications, Dogmas, Harangues, Digressions, Anecdotes and Miscellany by Stephen Sondheim
0.825 4.13 An Illustrated Life: Drawing Inspiration from the Private Sketchbooks of Artists, Illustrators and Designers by Danny Gregory
0.823 4.2 Speak, Memory: An Autobiography Revisited by Vladimir Nabokov
0.821 3.91 Where the Forest Meets the Stars by Glendy Vanderah
0.82 3.85 The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
0.819 4.18 Joseph Cornell: Master of Dreams by Diane Waldman
0.819 4.2 Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay
0.816 3.99 Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage by Dani Shapiro
0.815 4.14 Known and Strange Things: Essays by Teju Cole
0.813 4.46 What the Living Do: Poems by Marie Howe
0.811 4.09 Here by Richard McGuire
0.81 4.15 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
0.809 4.21 Picnic, Lightning by Billy Collins
0.809 3.83 Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny
0.809 4.15 How to Make Books: Fold, Cut & Stitch Your Way to a One-of-a-Kind Book by Esther K. Smith
0.805 4 Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye
0.803 3.68 Flash Fiction Forward: 80 Very Short Stories by Robert Shapard
0.797 4.24 100 Selected Poems by E. E. Cummings
0.795 4 The Best of It: New and Selected Poems by Kay Ryan
0.794 3.47 Last Things by Jenny Offill
0.794 3.78 Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata
0.791 3.96 The Book Charmer by Karen Hawkins
0.79 4.36 The Help by Kathryn Stockett
0.79 3.96 Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk
0.79 4.33 Andrew Wyeth: A Secret Life by Richard Meryman
0.79 4.28 The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
0.79 4.22 Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
0.788 4.46 Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude by Ross Gay
0.787 4 Impossible Things by Connie Willis
0.786 4.11 Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong
0.785 4.22 Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems by Billy Collins
0.784 4.06 The Best of Connie Willis: Award-Winning Stories by Connie Willis
0.781 4.1 Tapping the Dream Tree by Charles de Lint
0.781 4.01 There There by Tommy Orange
0.778 4.04 Men Explain Things to Me and Other Essays by Rebecca Solnit
0.776 4.36 Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
0.776 4.14 Stitches: A Memoir by David Small
0.769 4.05 Life on Mars: Poems by Tracy K. Smith
0.766 4.14 At the Mouth of the River of Bees: Stories by Kij Johnson
0.761 4.25 The Fact of a Doorframe: Poems Selected and New 1950-1984 by Adrienne Rich
0.76 4.14 Palm-of-the-Hand Stories by Yasunari Kawabata
0.76 3.98 The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman
0.757 4.14 The Living Mountain by Nan Shepherd
0.75 4.08 Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
0.75 4.28 Figuring by Maria Popova
0.746 4.19 In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire
0.746 3.92 Words Without Music: A Memoir by Philip Glass
0.745 3.88 Nora Webster by Colm Tóibín
0.744 4.4 New and Selected Poems: Volume One by Mary Oliver
0.744 3.91 Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen
0.738 4.3 Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
0.736 4.45 New and Selected Poems: Volume Two by Mary Oliver
0.734 4.19 Landmarks by Robert Macfarlane
0.733 4.2 The Good Thief: Poems by Marie Howe
0.731 4.31 The Collected Prose by Elizabeth Bishop
0.73 4.08 Not My Father's Son: A Memoir by Alan Cumming
0.718 4.23 Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb
0.715 3.58 The Invited by Jennifer McMahon
0.715 4.09 Hold Your Own by Kae Tempest
0.714 4.1 The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks by Terry Tempest Williams
0.713 4.25 Seeing Is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees: A Life of Contemporary Artist Robert Irwin by Lawrence Weschler
0.71 4.01 Orange World and Other Stories by Karen Russell
0.708 4.24 Upstream: Selected Essays by Mary Oliver
0.704 4.24 Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs by Sally Mann
0.692 4.23 Braided Creek: A Conversation in Poetry by Jim Harrison
0.686 4.02 Recollections of My Nonexistence: A Memoir by Rebecca Solnit
0.682 4.5 Winter Morning Walks : 100 Postcards to Jim Harrison (Poetry Series) by Ted Kooser
0.68 4.48 In the Dream House: A Memoir by Carmen Maria Machado
0.669 4.53 Finishing the Hat by Stephen Sondheim
0.667 4.47 New and Collected Poems: 1931–2001 by Czesław Miłosz
0.66 4.48 Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer
0.656 3.69 Art and Madness: A Memoir of Lust Without Reason by Anne Roiphe
0.643 4.08 Crying in H Mart: A Memoir by Michelle Zauner
0.64 4.15 Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs by Beth Ann Fennelly
0.626 4.43 Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver by Mary Oliver
0.601 4.28 Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in Our Busy Lives by Wayne Muller
0.598 4.17 100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write: On Umbrellas and Sword Fights, Parades and Dogs, Fire Alarms, Children, and Theater by Sarah Ruhl