I've been thinking quite a bit recently about the idea of giving (in many different senses and for various reasons), and then it occurred to me that I should perhaps pick up a copy of The Giver since my students have to read it this year anyway. Apparently I made it through American public schools never having read it. How bizarre.
It's rather different than John Steinbeck - no extravagant prose, no broad sweeping biblical themes, just simple, straightforward storyline that makes you question everything you know. It's a quick read - I read for maybe an hour and am almost halfway through it - but it obliges concerted thought about how society functions.
Pick up a copy and reread it if you get a chance.