On March 12, Information Resource Center Vladivostok held its monthly book club meeting, led by PAO Erik Pugner. Book club discussions foster a nuanced understanding of life in the United States and American culture and culture, as well as give participants an opportunity to exercise their English Language skills. At this month’s meeting, book club members discussed The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother, by James McBride. McBride’s memoir covers his struggle to find where he fit in this world as a black man with a white mother while juxtaposed his mother’s own tale and the challenges she faced defining herself. The book club discussed issues of race, religion, socioeconomics, and identity.