Jazz by Toni Morrison
We suspect that Morrison has a time machine that she's hiding from the world. How could she possibly make the Harlem Renaissance come so alive on the page in Jazz without actually paying the 1920s a visit? A question for the ages, to be sure. This novel is fascinating not only because of its setting, but also its format: Morrison modeled the book after the way jazz musicians improvise, ramble, and create unpredictable surprises for the audience. That's about the coolest thing we've heard since we heard Toni Morrison has a secret time machine.