After trekking across the Celtic countryside in the playful pub crawl ''McCarthy's Bar,'' Anglo-Irishman Pete McCarthy takes his acerbic wit on a world tour with The Road to McCarthy. He sets out to visit similarly surnamed ''kin'' in far-flung locales like Morocco, Tasmania, and New York.
Upon arriving in remote McCarthy, Alaska, his foremost concern, inevitably, is booze. ''First impressions of a bar are crucial. It's like buying a house, only more important,'' he writes. ''And if you're going to spend a week in a place...you've got high hopes riding on the only bar in town.'' With such discriminating criteria propelling our pint-guzzling guide, the result is a travelogue that's as hilariously gratifying as it is entertaining.