Controversial Books for scrapple318

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
1.282 2.96 Memoirs of a Shy Pornographer by Kenneth Patchen
1.175 3.4 Boonville: A Novel by Robert Mailer Anderson
1.168 3.83 Eustace and Hilda: A Trilogy by L. P. Hartley
1.124 3.51 The Pope's Rhinoceros by Lawrence Norfolk
1.117 3.77 Boss Tweed: The Rise and Fall of the Corrupt Pol Who Conceived the Soul of Modern New York by Kenneth D. Ackerman
1.114 3.64 On the Road by Jack Kerouac
1.109 3.48 The Fat Man in History and Other Stories by Peter Carey
1.091 3.29 Of the farm by John Updike
1.089 3.48 The Ginger Man by J. P. Donleavy
1.086 3.8 Father Brown: The Essential Tales by G. K. Chesterton
1.085 3.56 The Size of Thoughts: Essays and Other Lumber by Nicholson Baker
1.084 4.24 Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
1.074 3.87 Ferdydurke by Witold Gombrowicz
1.069 3.49 Until I Find You by John Irving
1.067 3.8 Rootabaga Stories by Carl Sandburg
1.065 3.75 The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
1.047 3.47 As a Man Grows Older by Italo Svevo
1.044 4.15 The Witch Family by Eleanor Estes
1.031 3.77 Giles Goat-Boy by John Barth
1.028 3.41 The Neal Pollack Anthology of American Literature: The Collected Writings of Neal Pollack by Neal Pollack
1.025 3.66 The Confessions of Max Tivoli by Andrew Sean Greer
1.023 3.54 The Dying Animal by Philip Roth
1.023 3.43 The Centaur by John Updike
1.022 3.86 Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
1.018 3.19 Terrorist by John Updike
1.017 3.92 The Horse's Mouth by Joyce Cary
1.017 3.6 Summerland by Michael Chabon
0.999 3.91 Life of Pi by Yann Martel
0.998 4.17 Orbiting the Giant Hairball: A Corporate Fool's Guide to Surviving with Grace by Gordon MacKenzie
0.997 3.73 Notes of a Dirty Old Man by Charles Bukowski
0.995 3.68 Bring Me Your Love by Charles Bukowski
0.991 3.87 The End by Lemony Snicket
0.987 3.57 Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography by Lemony Snicket
0.985 4.03 Most of the Most of S. J. Perelman by S. J. Perelman
0.984 3.97 Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger
0.981 3.51 Boredom by Alberto Moravia
0.979 3.73 Hadrian the Seventh by Frederick Rolfe
0.979 3.51 The Beatrice Letters by Lemony Snicket
0.976 4.02 Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg
0.974 3.79 The Twits by Roald Dahl
0.974 3.86 Memed, My Hawk by Yasar Kemal
0.968 4.17 The Elements of Style by William Jr. Strunk
0.965 3.7 The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
0.965 3.6 The Little Nugget by P. G. Wodehouse
0.963 3.44 Vox by Nicholson Baker
0.96 3.25 Villages by John Updike
0.96 4.31 The Anatomy of Melancholy by Robert Burton
0.959 3.84 Tales of Ordinary Madness by Charles Bukowski
0.954 3.76 Women by Charles Bukowski
0.951 3.55 The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl
0.95 4.21 The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann
0.949 4.17 The Parade's Gone By by Kevin Brownlow
0.949 3.31 Poorhouse Fair by John Updike
0.948 3.77 Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens
0.948 3.8 Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss
0.946 3.55 Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl
0.944 4.26 Life A User's Manual by Georges Perec
0.942 3.74 Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
0.942 3.57 The Toy Collector by James Gunn
0.941 3.2 The Fourth Hand by John Irving
0.939 3.95 The Most Beautiful Woman in Town & Other Stories by Charles Bukowski
0.938 3.64 Herself Surprised by Joyce Cary
0.937 3.63 Esio Trot by Roald Dahl
0.936 3.85 The Human Stain by Philip Roth
0.936 4.15 Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
0.933 3.19 Seek My Face by John Updike
0.933 3.91 Summer Moonshine by P. G. Wodehouse
0.931 3.63 The Miserable Mill by Lemony Snicket
0.931 3.76 Hot Water Music by Charles Bukowski
0.931 4.01 Youth in Revolt by C. D. Payne
0.93 3.62 Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper by Nicholson Baker
0.93 3.94 The House of God by Samuel Shem
0.929 3.76 Dirty Beasts by Roald Dahl
0.928 3.59 A Box of Matches by Nicholson Baker
0.927 3.46 A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby
0.927 3.91 Exercises in Style by Raymond Queneau
0.925 3.7 The Story of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting
0.924 3.75 What Makes Sammy Run? by Budd Schulberg
0.924 4.04 Grimm's Fairy Tales {Barnes & Noble Classics} by Jacob Grimm
0.924 3.88 In Persuasion Nation by George Saunders
0.924 3.69 Created in Darkness by Troubled Americans: The Best of McSweeney's Humor Category by Dave Eggers
0.923 3.67 Flaubert's Parrot by Julian Barnes
0.923 3.97 The Moffats by Eleanor Estes
0.923 3.89 Ask the Dust by John Fante
0.922 3.73 The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket
0.92 3.98 London: The Biography by Peter Ackroyd
0.919 4.23 The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
0.915 3.89 Studs Lonigan by James T. Farrell
0.914 3.99 Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction by J. D. Salinger
0.914 4.09 Trout Fishing in America, The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster, and In Watermelon Sugar by Richard Brautigan
0.914 3.91 Death in Venice and Other Tales by Thomas Mann
0.914 3.71 The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me by Roald Dahl
0.913 3.52 The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil by George Saunders
0.913 3.66 Hollywood by Charles Bukowski
0.913 3.65 Sick Puppy by Carl Hiaasen
0.912 3.62 The Coming of Bill by P. G. Wodehouse
0.911 3.71 The Wide Window by Lemony Snicket
0.91 3.8 Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion
0.908 3.54 Memories of John Lennon by Yoko Ono
0.902 3.98 Fancies and Goodnights by John Collier
0.901 4.13 Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl
0.901 3.92 Do Butlers Burgle Banks? by P. G. Wodehouse
0.901 3.64 Everyman by Philip Roth
0.901 3.9 The Penultimate Peril by Lemony Snicket
0.9 3.81 The Hostile Hospital by Lemony Snicket
0.896 3.88 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
0.895 3.9 Chronicles: Volume One by Bob Dylan
0.895 3.95 James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
0.895 3.89 The Borrowers by Mary Norton
0.894 3.79 The Book on the Bookshelf by Henry Petroski
0.893 3.88 The Slippery Slope by Lemony Snicket
0.893 3.72 The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby
0.892 3.92 The History of Jazz by Ted Gioia
0.891 3.92 Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
0.89 3.47 Plan of Attack by Bob Woodward
0.889 3.98 Spring Fever by P. G. Wodehouse
0.889 4.02 Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl
0.889 3.72 The Plot Against America by Philip Roth
0.888 4.06 Dickens by Peter Ackroyd
0.887 3.81 The Carnivorous Carnival by Lemony Snicket
0.887 4.16 Doctor Faustus: The Life of the German Composer Adrian Leverkuhn As Told by a Friend by Thomas Mann
0.886 3.85 The Ersatz Elevator by Lemony Snicket
0.885 3.85 The Grim Grotto by Lemony Snicket
0.883 3.7 U and I: A True Story by Nicholson Baker
0.881 3.79 The Austere Academy by Lemony Snicket
0.881 3.83 George's Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl
0.878 4.21 The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
0.878 4.13 My Ears Are Bent by Joseph Mitchell
0.877 3.93 Post Office by Charles Bukowski
0.876 3.8 The Vile Village by Lemony Snicket
0.875 3.69 Mac OS X Tiger: Missing Manual by David Pogue
0.874 3.37 The Gangs of New York: An Informal History of the Underworld by Herbert Asbury
0.872 4.05 Richard Brautigan : A Confederate General from Big Sur, Dreaming of Babylon, and the Hawkline Monster (Three Books in th by Richard Brautigan
0.869 4.18 Fairy Tales (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) by Hans Christian Andersen
0.869 4.19 The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
0.868 3.98 Going Solo by Roald Dahl
0.868 3.97 Detectives in Togas by Henry Winterfeld
0.867 4.11 The Witches by Roald Dahl
0.864 4.12 McSweeney's Issue 13 (McSweeney's Quarterly Concern): The Comics Issue by Dave Eggers
0.863 4.07 Ham on Rye by Charles Bukowski
0.862 4 The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
0.862 3.97 Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem
0.861 4.11 Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays by Joan Didion
0.861 4.01 Boy: Tales of Childhood by Roald Dahl
0.861 4.09 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
0.859 3.93 Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal by Eric Schlosser
0.856 4.07 Full Moon by P. G. Wodehouse
0.855 3.51 The Child by Jules Vallès
0.851 3.99 Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens
0.85 4.1 A History of Reading by Alberto Manguel
0.845 4.05 CivilWarLand in Bad Decline by George Saunders
0.845 4.27 The Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
0.844 4.09 Blandings Castle by P. G. Wodehouse
0.843 3.87 Ring for Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse
0.843 3.92 Jill the Reckless by P. G. Wodehouse
0.842 4.15 Nine Stories by J. D. Salinger
0.842 4.01 Naked by David Sedaris
0.841 4.18 The Alley by Eleanor Estes
0.838 4.02 W, or The Memory of Childhood by Georges Perec
0.838 3.97 Of Time and the River by Thomas Wolfe
0.838 4.27 PostSecret: Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives by Frank Warren
0.838 3.93 Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris
0.838 3.71 The Wapshot Chronicle by John Cheever
0.836 4.37 Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman
0.829 4.31 Blue Note: The Album Cover Art by Graham Marsh
0.828 3.87 Piccadilly Jim by P. G. Wodehouse
0.827 4.02 Psmith in the City by P. G. Wodehouse
0.826 4.02 Ukridge by P. G. Wodehouse
0.824 3.98 The Bob Dylan Scrapbook, 1956-1966 by Bob Dylan
0.824 3.83 Easy riders, raging bulls : how the sex-drugs-and-rock 'n' roll generation saved Hollywood by Peter Biskind
0.822 3.74 Lady into Fox by David Garnett
0.822 4.23 The King with Six Friends by Jay Williams
0.821 3.73 The Soloist by Mark Salzman
0.82 3.61 The Business of Books: How the International Conglomerates Took Over Publishing and Changed the Way We Read by André Schiffrin
0.819 4.17 Kaputt by Curzio Malaparte
0.819 3.75 Laughing Gas by P. G. Wodehouse
0.818 3.84 Meet Mr Mulliner by P. G. Wodehouse
0.817 4.37 George and Martha: The Complete Stories of Two Best Friends by James Marshall
0.816 4.05 How Right You Are, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse
0.815 4.26 Matilda by Roald Dahl
0.815 3.91 The Clicking of Cuthbert by P. G. Wodehouse
0.812 4.17 Beware of Pity by Stefan Zweig
0.809 3.98 Verbatim: From the bawdy to the sublime, the best writing on language for word lovers, grammar mavens, and armchair linguists by Erin McKean
0.809 3.63 According to The Rolling Stones by The Rolling Stones
0.809 4.31 The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs
0.808 4.4 Crime Novels: American Noir of the 1950s by Robert Polito
0.806 3.85 The Magic Barrel: Stories by Bernard Malamud
0.806 4.3 Freedom Just Around the Corner: A New American History: 1585–1828 by Walter A. McDougall
0.805 3.86 Take the Cannoli by Sarah Vowell
0.803 3.74 Licks of Love: Short Stories and a Sequel, "Rabbit Remembered" by John Updike
0.8 3.54 Memoirs of Hecate County by Edmund Wilson
0.799 4.08 Magic or Not? by Edward Eager
0.799 4.06 Cocktail Time by P. G. Wodehouse
0.798 4.11 Money in the Bank by P. G. Wodehouse
0.798 4.1 Young Men in Spats by P. G. Wodehouse
0.797 4.09 T.C. Boyle Stories by T. C. Boyle
0.796 4.01 Mulliner Nights by P. G. Wodehouse
0.794 3.95 Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons by Leonard Maltin
0.793 4.29 Chip Kidd: Book One: Work: 1986-2006 (Chip Kidd) by Chip Kidd
0.791 3.82 Live from New York by Tom Shales
0.791 4.16 Summer Lightning by P. G. Wodehouse
0.789 3.79 The Riddle of the Traveling Skull by Harry Stephen Keeler
0.789 4.11 Much Obliged, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse
0.788 4 A Damsel in Distress by P. G. Wodehouse
0.785 4 The Heart of a Goof by P. G. Wodehouse
0.783 4.22 Heavy Weather by P. G. Wodehouse
0.783 4.14 The Early Stories: 1953-1975 by John Updike
0.783 4.14 Uncle Fred in the Springtime by P. G. Wodehouse
0.783 4.36 The Annotated Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
0.782 4.23 Leave it to Psmith by P. G. Wodehouse
0.782 4.01 Adventures in the Screen Trade by William Goldman
0.78 4.14 Lord Emsworth and Others by P. G. Wodehouse
0.78 3.79 Positively 4th Street: The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Farina and Richard Farina by David Hajdu
0.78 4.1 The Barrytown Trilogy by Roddy Doyle
0.777 4.22 Rufus M. by Eleanor Estes
0.775 3.61 American Scream: The Bill Hicks Story by Cynthia True
0.774 4.13 Will You Please Be Quiet, Please? Stories by Raymond Carver
0.766 4.11 Revenge of the Lawn, The Abortion, So the Wind Won't Blow It All Away by Richard Brautigan
0.764 4.08 Every Book Its Reader: The Power of the Printed Word to Stir the World by Nicholas A. Basbanes
0.763 3.96 Hot Water by P. G. Wodehouse
0.762 4.11 Thank You, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse
0.761 4.18 Pigs Have Wings by P. G. Wodehouse
0.761 4.16 The Middle Moffat by Eleanor Estes
0.758 4.17 Right Ho, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse
0.758 4.2 You Can't Win by Jack Black
0.756 3.83 Which Lie Did I Tell?; More Adventures in the Screen Trade by William Goldman
0.755 4.03 Something Fresh by P. G. Wodehouse
0.755 4.06 The Beatles: The Biography by Bob Spitz
0.754 3.69 A Gentleman of Leisure by P. G. Wodehouse
0.753 3.94 Uneasy Money by P. G. Wodehouse
0.751 3.98 Morgan: American Financier by Jean Strouse
0.751 3.6 The Wapshot Scandal by John Cheever
0.75 4.12 Carry On, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse
0.75 4.27 Louise Brooks: A Biography by Barry Paris
0.747 3.84 The First World War by John Keegan
0.746 3.55 Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance, and the Rise of Independent Film by Peter Biskind
0.745 4 We Die Alone: A WWII Epic of Escape and Endurance by David Howarth
0.742 4.33 Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
0.74 3.91 Quick Service by P. G. Wodehouse
0.732 4.59 The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York by Robert A. Caro
0.732 4.15 Lulu in Hollywood by Louise Brooks
0.731 4.31 The Code of the Woosters by P. G. Wodehouse
0.73 4.35 Washington's Crossing by David Hackett Fischer
0.729 4.21 Very Good, Jeeves! by P. G. Wodehouse
0.729 4.21 Joy in the Morning by P. G. Wodehouse
0.721 4.08 The Luck of the Bodkins by P. G. Wodehouse
0.718 3.89 The Tenants of Moonbloom by Edward Lewis Wallant
0.717 3.97 Mr Mulliner Speaking by P. G. Wodehouse
0.715 3.98 Dickens: Public Life and Private Passion by Peter Ackroyd
0.715 4.24 The Mating Season by P. G. Wodehouse
0.714 3.8 A "Gravity's Rainbow" Companion: Sources and Contexts for Pynchon's Novel by Steven C. Weisenburger
0.71 4.33 Dominic by William Steig
0.708 4.38 Up In the Old Hotel and Other Stories by Joseph Mitchell
0.705 3.59 A Way of Life, Like Any Other by Darcy O'Brien
0.703 4.22 AIA Guide to New York City by Norval White
0.695 4.53 The Complete Peanuts: 1959-1960 Dailies & Sundays by Charles M. Schulz
0.685 3.93 Five Points by Tyler Anbinder
0.675 4.28 Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit by P. G. Wodehouse
0.675 3.92 Classic Crimes by William Roughead
0.664 4.56 The Bear That Wasn't by Frank Tashlin
0.662 4.45 Collected Poems 1947-1997 by Allen Ginsberg
0.662 4.5 The Complete Peanuts: 1953-1954 Dailies & Sundays by Charles M. Schulz
0.662 4.43 The Complete Peanuts: 1950-1952 Dailies & Sundays by Charles M. Schulz
0.658 3.77 Catch a Wave: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson by Peter Ames Carlin
0.645 3.93 The Salon.com Reader's Guide to Contemporary Authors by Laura Miller
0.645 4.18 Bill Peet: An Autobiography by Bill Peet
0.64 4.55 The Complete Peanuts: 1961-1962 Dailies & Sundays by Charles M. Schulz
0.633 4.54 The Complete Peanuts: 1955-1956 Dailies & Sundays by Charles M. Schulz
0.599 4.59 The Complete Peanuts: 1957-1958 Dailies & Sundays by Charles M. Schulz
0.369 4.88 The Complete Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson