The Dakota Winters

The Dakota Winters

An evocative and wildly absorbing novel about the Winters, a family living in New York City?s famed Dakota apartment building in the year leading up to John Lennon?s assassination It?s the fall of 1979 in New York City when twenty-three-year-old Anton Winter, back from the Peace Corps and on the mend from a nasty bout of malaria, returns to his childhood home in the Dakota. An evocative and wildly absorbing novel about the Winters, a family living in New York City?s famed Dakota ap...

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Title:The Dakota Winters
Author:Tom Barbash
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Genres:Fiction
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:324 pages pages

The Dakota Winters Reviews

  • Mom
    Feb 18, 2019

    3.5 stars. Imagine what it must be like to have a famous father, and to play a role in his fame. Imagine what it's like to be so enmeshed in his situation that you're not sure where his path ends and yours begins, or how to separate the two. That describes Anton Winter's life pr...

    Anton Winter has just returned to New York, at the beginning of this novel. He has been in Africa, with the Peace Corps, but a bout of malaria has left him needing to recuperate. Anton?s father, Buddy, is a late night chat show host, who is recovering from a break-down, after walking...

    I may need to give up on historical fiction - I think it just isn't for me. The Dakota Winters has a synopsis that caught my attention, but I struggled to maintain focus. It's very slow-paced with a lot of chatting and name-dropping. I think that this would be a good fit for the ri...

    Very mediocre book. The narrator seems to just be an observer throughout this story of second chances and comeback attempts. Unfortunately, it often seemed that the author didn?t quite know what he wanted the story to ultimately be about. There was a rich opportunity here - the famou...

    I was just little over a year old when John Lennon was killed, and writing this review is it just days after the 38 anniversary of his death. And, this story was extra poignant when you think about how much John Lennon had left to give when his life was cut short. This is a fictional s...

    This is one of my least favorite genres, fictionalized biography. However, I have a special affection for the time span, 1979-80, particularly since I spent much time then in NYC, in love with the worn glamor of the upper west side. Tom Barbash writes well of that era, that place. I re...

    Please please me, oh yeah. ?There was an unwritten code in the Dakota that you made nothing of people?s celebrity and you treated everyone simply as neighbours, and for the most part we did.? Not, as you might suppose, a bleak seasonal tale set in the American Midwest but t...

    ?The Dakota Winters? is a story of historical fame and privilege, told through the eyes of Anton Winter. Anton is the son of Buddy Winter, a famous talk show host who is attempting a comeback after having a breakdown on his own show and simply walking out. The Winter family lives i...

    Halfway through The Dakota Winters, I stopped momentarily and asked myself: what is the key story here? Is it the story of the narrator Anton, who is in danger of being overshadowed by his charismatic and damaged by his late-night talk show host father, Buddy Winters? Or is it a homage...

    A quick, absorbing read at first, and utterly devoid of any significance in the end. Could have been a vapid Vanity Fair article about a tv talk show host in the 1980s living the famed NY apartment complex the Dakota, with its most famous occupant John Lennon and that Yoko in the backg...

    Unexpectedly lovely. This snagged me because of the narrator's voice--it read almost like memoir. For some reason it kept reminding me of Ward Just's An Unfinished Season, even though I read that book ages ago and hardly remember it. It also paired bizarrely well with The Buddha of Sub...

    Visit the locations in the novel - NYC The Dakota Winters is a story of the residents of the famous Dakota building in New York. This of course was the very spot where John Lennon and Yoko lived and where he ultimately died in a tragic shooting. Anton Winter is the narrator o...

    Novel set in and around the Dakota Building NEW YORK 1980 Tom Barbash?s latest novel focuses on a difficult period for the Winters, a family who live in the Dakota, an apartment block in Upper West Side, New York ? hence the title. The Dakota, famously the setting for the...

    Meh. If putting an exclamation mark after ?meh? would reflect extreme indifference and apathy rather than a confusing expression of excitement to a term meant to reflect a feeling of blandness and indifference, then I?d start by saying ?Meh!!? I read this book based on a revi...

    This is one of the most satisfying books I've read in quite a while. I simply devoured it. Who would have thought that a book about the Dakota Apartments could have John Lennon as only a secondary character and still be so enthralling? The novel is really about the Winter family. Bud...

    Anton Winter is the son of a chat show host who has had a spectacular, and very public, breakdown. He narrates the tale of his father rehabilitation alongside that of the Dakota building's most famous resident, John Lennon. Both men are taking a break from their public personas and are...

    Utterly disappointing. This book could have been so much more. Buddy Winters was a complete loser. Then much time is wasted on being on a sea voyage with John Lennon. The beginning of the book was interesting. I would have enjoyed far more detail on the Dakota, perhaps something happen...

    Really enjoyed up to the non-existent ending. At times there needed to be a better setup for scenes that were heavy on the dialog. ...

    Despite what you may think, this is not a tale about hard times on the prairies. The Dakota of the title is the famous Dakota apartment building in New York where celebrities such as John Lennon and Yoko Ono live. The Winters refer to the family of a fictitious celebrity talk show show...

    New York City is going to house in 2018 days offs the house and her children and people going to the school tomorrow morning ...

    This book wasn?t perfect, but it gets the rare 5 stars because it was completely engrossing. There is something a little Catcher in the Rye-ish, except the narrator and main character Anton is older, but still rudderless and anxiety filled. He struggles with being in the shadow of hi...

    I found this one slow but didn?t actually hate it. Not much plot and what there was, was totally predictable. ...

  • Beth
    Jul 15, 2018

    3.5 stars. Imagine what it must be like to have a famous father, and to play a role in his fame. Imagine what it's like to be so enmeshed in his situation that you're not sure where his path ends and yours begins, or how to separate the two. That describes Anton Winter's life pr...

    Anton Winter has just returned to New York, at the beginning of this novel. He has been in Africa, with the Peace Corps, but a bout of malaria has left him needing to recuperate. Anton?s father, Buddy, is a late night chat show host, who is recovering from a break-down, after walking...

    I may need to give up on historical fiction - I think it just isn't for me. The Dakota Winters has a synopsis that caught my attention, but I struggled to maintain focus. It's very slow-paced with a lot of chatting and name-dropping. I think that this would be a good fit for the ri...

    Very mediocre book. The narrator seems to just be an observer throughout this story of second chances and comeback attempts. Unfortunately, it often seemed that the author didn?t quite know what he wanted the story to ultimately be about. There was a rich opportunity here - the famou...

    I was just little over a year old when John Lennon was killed, and writing this review is it just days after the 38 anniversary of his death. And, this story was extra poignant when you think about how much John Lennon had left to give when his life was cut short. This is a fictional s...

    This is one of my least favorite genres, fictionalized biography. However, I have a special affection for the time span, 1979-80, particularly since I spent much time then in NYC, in love with the worn glamor of the upper west side. Tom Barbash writes well of that era, that place. I re...

    Please please me, oh yeah. ?There was an unwritten code in the Dakota that you made nothing of people?s celebrity and you treated everyone simply as neighbours, and for the most part we did.? Not, as you might suppose, a bleak seasonal tale set in the American Midwest but t...

    ?The Dakota Winters? is a story of historical fame and privilege, told through the eyes of Anton Winter. Anton is the son of Buddy Winter, a famous talk show host who is attempting a comeback after having a breakdown on his own show and simply walking out. The Winter family lives i...

    Halfway through The Dakota Winters, I stopped momentarily and asked myself: what is the key story here? Is it the story of the narrator Anton, who is in danger of being overshadowed by his charismatic and damaged by his late-night talk show host father, Buddy Winters? Or is it a homage...

    A quick, absorbing read at first, and utterly devoid of any significance in the end. Could have been a vapid Vanity Fair article about a tv talk show host in the 1980s living the famed NY apartment complex the Dakota, with its most famous occupant John Lennon and that Yoko in the backg...

    Unexpectedly lovely. This snagged me because of the narrator's voice--it read almost like memoir. For some reason it kept reminding me of Ward Just's An Unfinished Season, even though I read that book ages ago and hardly remember it. It also paired bizarrely well with The Buddha of Sub...

  • Jill Waldman
    Jan 17, 2019

    3.5 stars. Imagine what it must be like to have a famous father, and to play a role in his fame. Imagine what it's like to be so enmeshed in his situation that you're not sure where his path ends and yours begins, or how to separate the two. That describes Anton Winter's life pr...

    Anton Winter has just returned to New York, at the beginning of this novel. He has been in Africa, with the Peace Corps, but a bout of malaria has left him needing to recuperate. Anton?s father, Buddy, is a late night chat show host, who is recovering from a break-down, after walking...

    I may need to give up on historical fiction - I think it just isn't for me. The Dakota Winters has a synopsis that caught my attention, but I struggled to maintain focus. It's very slow-paced with a lot of chatting and name-dropping. I think that this would be a good fit for the ri...

    Very mediocre book. The narrator seems to just be an observer throughout this story of second chances and comeback attempts. Unfortunately, it often seemed that the author didn?t quite know what he wanted the story to ultimately be about. There was a rich opportunity here - the famou...

    I was just little over a year old when John Lennon was killed, and writing this review is it just days after the 38 anniversary of his death. And, this story was extra poignant when you think about how much John Lennon had left to give when his life was cut short. This is a fictional s...

    This is one of my least favorite genres, fictionalized biography. However, I have a special affection for the time span, 1979-80, particularly since I spent much time then in NYC, in love with the worn glamor of the upper west side. Tom Barbash writes well of that era, that place. I re...

    Please please me, oh yeah. ?There was an unwritten code in the Dakota that you made nothing of people?s celebrity and you treated everyone simply as neighbours, and for the most part we did.? Not, as you might suppose, a bleak seasonal tale set in the American Midwest but t...

    ?The Dakota Winters? is a story of historical fame and privilege, told through the eyes of Anton Winter. Anton is the son of Buddy Winter, a famous talk show host who is attempting a comeback after having a breakdown on his own show and simply walking out. The Winter family lives i...

    Halfway through The Dakota Winters, I stopped momentarily and asked myself: what is the key story here? Is it the story of the narrator Anton, who is in danger of being overshadowed by his charismatic and damaged by his late-night talk show host father, Buddy Winters? Or is it a homage...

    A quick, absorbing read at first, and utterly devoid of any significance in the end. Could have been a vapid Vanity Fair article about a tv talk show host in the 1980s living the famed NY apartment complex the Dakota, with its most famous occupant John Lennon and that Yoko in the backg...

    Unexpectedly lovely. This snagged me because of the narrator's voice--it read almost like memoir. For some reason it kept reminding me of Ward Just's An Unfinished Season, even though I read that book ages ago and hardly remember it. It also paired bizarrely well with The Buddha of Sub...

    Visit the locations in the novel - NYC The Dakota Winters is a story of the residents of the famous Dakota building in New York. This of course was the very spot where John Lennon and Yoko lived and where he ultimately died in a tragic shooting. Anton Winter is the narrator o...

    Novel set in and around the Dakota Building NEW YORK 1980 Tom Barbash?s latest novel focuses on a difficult period for the Winters, a family who live in the Dakota, an apartment block in Upper West Side, New York ? hence the title. The Dakota, famously the setting for the...

    Meh. If putting an exclamation mark after ?meh? would reflect extreme indifference and apathy rather than a confusing expression of excitement to a term meant to reflect a feeling of blandness and indifference, then I?d start by saying ?Meh!!? I read this book based on a revi...

    This is one of the most satisfying books I've read in quite a while. I simply devoured it. Who would have thought that a book about the Dakota Apartments could have John Lennon as only a secondary character and still be so enthralling? The novel is really about the Winter family. Bud...

    Anton Winter is the son of a chat show host who has had a spectacular, and very public, breakdown. He narrates the tale of his father rehabilitation alongside that of the Dakota building's most famous resident, John Lennon. Both men are taking a break from their public personas and are...

    Utterly disappointing. This book could have been so much more. Buddy Winters was a complete loser. Then much time is wasted on being on a sea voyage with John Lennon. The beginning of the book was interesting. I would have enjoyed far more detail on the Dakota, perhaps something happen...

    Really enjoyed up to the non-existent ending. At times there needed to be a better setup for scenes that were heavy on the dialog. ...

    Despite what you may think, this is not a tale about hard times on the prairies. The Dakota of the title is the famous Dakota apartment building in New York where celebrities such as John Lennon and Yoko Ono live. The Winters refer to the family of a fictitious celebrity talk show show...

    New York City is going to house in 2018 days offs the house and her children and people going to the school tomorrow morning ...

    This book wasn?t perfect, but it gets the rare 5 stars because it was completely engrossing. There is something a little Catcher in the Rye-ish, except the narrator and main character Anton is older, but still rudderless and anxiety filled. He struggles with being in the shadow of hi...

    I found this one slow but didn?t actually hate it. Not much plot and what there was, was totally predictable. ...

    I've been really struggling to describe why I hated this book. I got it in a Secret Santa scenario, and the cover keeps fooling me into thinking it's the Emperor's Children. I've read like 5 books with this cover wanting it to be The Emperor's Children. It's not. Which is really unfair...

  • Kathleen
    Dec 21, 2018

    3.5 stars. Imagine what it must be like to have a famous father, and to play a role in his fame. Imagine what it's like to be so enmeshed in his situation that you're not sure where his path ends and yours begins, or how to separate the two. That describes Anton Winter's life pr...

    Anton Winter has just returned to New York, at the beginning of this novel. He has been in Africa, with the Peace Corps, but a bout of malaria has left him needing to recuperate. Anton?s father, Buddy, is a late night chat show host, who is recovering from a break-down, after walking...

    I may need to give up on historical fiction - I think it just isn't for me. The Dakota Winters has a synopsis that caught my attention, but I struggled to maintain focus. It's very slow-paced with a lot of chatting and name-dropping. I think that this would be a good fit for the ri...

    Very mediocre book. The narrator seems to just be an observer throughout this story of second chances and comeback attempts. Unfortunately, it often seemed that the author didn?t quite know what he wanted the story to ultimately be about. There was a rich opportunity here - the famou...

    I was just little over a year old when John Lennon was killed, and writing this review is it just days after the 38 anniversary of his death. And, this story was extra poignant when you think about how much John Lennon had left to give when his life was cut short. This is a fictional s...

    This is one of my least favorite genres, fictionalized biography. However, I have a special affection for the time span, 1979-80, particularly since I spent much time then in NYC, in love with the worn glamor of the upper west side. Tom Barbash writes well of that era, that place. I re...

    Please please me, oh yeah. ?There was an unwritten code in the Dakota that you made nothing of people?s celebrity and you treated everyone simply as neighbours, and for the most part we did.? Not, as you might suppose, a bleak seasonal tale set in the American Midwest but t...

    ?The Dakota Winters? is a story of historical fame and privilege, told through the eyes of Anton Winter. Anton is the son of Buddy Winter, a famous talk show host who is attempting a comeback after having a breakdown on his own show and simply walking out. The Winter family lives i...

    Halfway through The Dakota Winters, I stopped momentarily and asked myself: what is the key story here? Is it the story of the narrator Anton, who is in danger of being overshadowed by his charismatic and damaged by his late-night talk show host father, Buddy Winters? Or is it a homage...

    A quick, absorbing read at first, and utterly devoid of any significance in the end. Could have been a vapid Vanity Fair article about a tv talk show host in the 1980s living the famed NY apartment complex the Dakota, with its most famous occupant John Lennon and that Yoko in the backg...

    Unexpectedly lovely. This snagged me because of the narrator's voice--it read almost like memoir. For some reason it kept reminding me of Ward Just's An Unfinished Season, even though I read that book ages ago and hardly remember it. It also paired bizarrely well with The Buddha of Sub...

    Visit the locations in the novel - NYC The Dakota Winters is a story of the residents of the famous Dakota building in New York. This of course was the very spot where John Lennon and Yoko lived and where he ultimately died in a tragic shooting. Anton Winter is the narrator o...

    Novel set in and around the Dakota Building NEW YORK 1980 Tom Barbash?s latest novel focuses on a difficult period for the Winters, a family who live in the Dakota, an apartment block in Upper West Side, New York ? hence the title. The Dakota, famously the setting for the...

    Meh. If putting an exclamation mark after ?meh? would reflect extreme indifference and apathy rather than a confusing expression of excitement to a term meant to reflect a feeling of blandness and indifference, then I?d start by saying ?Meh!!? I read this book based on a revi...

    This is one of the most satisfying books I've read in quite a while. I simply devoured it. Who would have thought that a book about the Dakota Apartments could have John Lennon as only a secondary character and still be so enthralling? The novel is really about the Winter family. Bud...

    Anton Winter is the son of a chat show host who has had a spectacular, and very public, breakdown. He narrates the tale of his father rehabilitation alongside that of the Dakota building's most famous resident, John Lennon. Both men are taking a break from their public personas and are...

    Utterly disappointing. This book could have been so much more. Buddy Winters was a complete loser. Then much time is wasted on being on a sea voyage with John Lennon. The beginning of the book was interesting. I would have enjoyed far more detail on the Dakota, perhaps something happen...

  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    Jan 19, 2019

    3.5 stars. Imagine what it must be like to have a famous father, and to play a role in his fame. Imagine what it's like to be so enmeshed in his situation that you're not sure where his path ends and yours begins, or how to separate the two. That describes Anton Winter's life pr...

    Anton Winter has just returned to New York, at the beginning of this novel. He has been in Africa, with the Peace Corps, but a bout of malaria has left him needing to recuperate. Anton?s father, Buddy, is a late night chat show host, who is recovering from a break-down, after walking...

    I may need to give up on historical fiction - I think it just isn't for me. The Dakota Winters has a synopsis that caught my attention, but I struggled to maintain focus. It's very slow-paced with a lot of chatting and name-dropping. I think that this would be a good fit for the ri...

    Very mediocre book. The narrator seems to just be an observer throughout this story of second chances and comeback attempts. Unfortunately, it often seemed that the author didn?t quite know what he wanted the story to ultimately be about. There was a rich opportunity here - the famou...

  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    Dec 08, 2018

    3.5 stars. Imagine what it must be like to have a famous father, and to play a role in his fame. Imagine what it's like to be so enmeshed in his situation that you're not sure where his path ends and yours begins, or how to separate the two. That describes Anton Winter's life pr...

    Anton Winter has just returned to New York, at the beginning of this novel. He has been in Africa, with the Peace Corps, but a bout of malaria has left him needing to recuperate. Anton?s father, Buddy, is a late night chat show host, who is recovering from a break-down, after walking...

    I may need to give up on historical fiction - I think it just isn't for me. The Dakota Winters has a synopsis that caught my attention, but I struggled to maintain focus. It's very slow-paced with a lot of chatting and name-dropping. I think that this would be a good fit for the ri...

    Very mediocre book. The narrator seems to just be an observer throughout this story of second chances and comeback attempts. Unfortunately, it often seemed that the author didn?t quite know what he wanted the story to ultimately be about. There was a rich opportunity here - the famou...

    I was just little over a year old when John Lennon was killed, and writing this review is it just days after the 38 anniversary of his death. And, this story was extra poignant when you think about how much John Lennon had left to give when his life was cut short. This is a fictional s...

  • Shawn Thrasher
    Mar 12, 2019

    3.5 stars. Imagine what it must be like to have a famous father, and to play a role in his fame. Imagine what it's like to be so enmeshed in his situation that you're not sure where his path ends and yours begins, or how to separate the two. That describes Anton Winter's life pr...

    Anton Winter has just returned to New York, at the beginning of this novel. He has been in Africa, with the Peace Corps, but a bout of malaria has left him needing to recuperate. Anton?s father, Buddy, is a late night chat show host, who is recovering from a break-down, after walking...

    I may need to give up on historical fiction - I think it just isn't for me. The Dakota Winters has a synopsis that caught my attention, but I struggled to maintain focus. It's very slow-paced with a lot of chatting and name-dropping. I think that this would be a good fit for the ri...

    Very mediocre book. The narrator seems to just be an observer throughout this story of second chances and comeback attempts. Unfortunately, it often seemed that the author didn?t quite know what he wanted the story to ultimately be about. There was a rich opportunity here - the famou...

    I was just little over a year old when John Lennon was killed, and writing this review is it just days after the 38 anniversary of his death. And, this story was extra poignant when you think about how much John Lennon had left to give when his life was cut short. This is a fictional s...

    This is one of my least favorite genres, fictionalized biography. However, I have a special affection for the time span, 1979-80, particularly since I spent much time then in NYC, in love with the worn glamor of the upper west side. Tom Barbash writes well of that era, that place. I re...

    Please please me, oh yeah. ?There was an unwritten code in the Dakota that you made nothing of people?s celebrity and you treated everyone simply as neighbours, and for the most part we did.? Not, as you might suppose, a bleak seasonal tale set in the American Midwest but t...

    ?The Dakota Winters? is a story of historical fame and privilege, told through the eyes of Anton Winter. Anton is the son of Buddy Winter, a famous talk show host who is attempting a comeback after having a breakdown on his own show and simply walking out. The Winter family lives i...

    Halfway through The Dakota Winters, I stopped momentarily and asked myself: what is the key story here? Is it the story of the narrator Anton, who is in danger of being overshadowed by his charismatic and damaged by his late-night talk show host father, Buddy Winters? Or is it a homage...

    A quick, absorbing read at first, and utterly devoid of any significance in the end. Could have been a vapid Vanity Fair article about a tv talk show host in the 1980s living the famed NY apartment complex the Dakota, with its most famous occupant John Lennon and that Yoko in the backg...

    Unexpectedly lovely. This snagged me because of the narrator's voice--it read almost like memoir. For some reason it kept reminding me of Ward Just's An Unfinished Season, even though I read that book ages ago and hardly remember it. It also paired bizarrely well with The Buddha of Sub...

    Visit the locations in the novel - NYC The Dakota Winters is a story of the residents of the famous Dakota building in New York. This of course was the very spot where John Lennon and Yoko lived and where he ultimately died in a tragic shooting. Anton Winter is the narrator o...

    Novel set in and around the Dakota Building NEW YORK 1980 Tom Barbash?s latest novel focuses on a difficult period for the Winters, a family who live in the Dakota, an apartment block in Upper West Side, New York ? hence the title. The Dakota, famously the setting for the...

    Meh. If putting an exclamation mark after ?meh? would reflect extreme indifference and apathy rather than a confusing expression of excitement to a term meant to reflect a feeling of blandness and indifference, then I?d start by saying ?Meh!!? I read this book based on a revi...

    This is one of the most satisfying books I've read in quite a while. I simply devoured it. Who would have thought that a book about the Dakota Apartments could have John Lennon as only a secondary character and still be so enthralling? The novel is really about the Winter family. Bud...

    Anton Winter is the son of a chat show host who has had a spectacular, and very public, breakdown. He narrates the tale of his father rehabilitation alongside that of the Dakota building's most famous resident, John Lennon. Both men are taking a break from their public personas and are...

    Utterly disappointing. This book could have been so much more. Buddy Winters was a complete loser. Then much time is wasted on being on a sea voyage with John Lennon. The beginning of the book was interesting. I would have enjoyed far more detail on the Dakota, perhaps something happen...

    Really enjoyed up to the non-existent ending. At times there needed to be a better setup for scenes that were heavy on the dialog. ...

    Despite what you may think, this is not a tale about hard times on the prairies. The Dakota of the title is the famous Dakota apartment building in New York where celebrities such as John Lennon and Yoko Ono live. The Winters refer to the family of a fictitious celebrity talk show show...

    New York City is going to house in 2018 days offs the house and her children and people going to the school tomorrow morning ...

    This book wasn?t perfect, but it gets the rare 5 stars because it was completely engrossing. There is something a little Catcher in the Rye-ish, except the narrator and main character Anton is older, but still rudderless and anxiety filled. He struggles with being in the shadow of hi...

    I found this one slow but didn?t actually hate it. Not much plot and what there was, was totally predictable. ...

    I've been really struggling to describe why I hated this book. I got it in a Secret Santa scenario, and the cover keeps fooling me into thinking it's the Emperor's Children. I've read like 5 books with this cover wanting it to be The Emperor's Children. It's not. Which is really unfair...

    I usually enjoy historical fiction but this was a bore. To be successful, a good writer of historical fiction has to give you enough details to set the time and place. But this just was a long series of celebrity name-dropping and working historical facts into odd conversations. A walk...

    Bored with this whole story. Didn't finish it. On to better ones ...

    Back when I was young - maybe high school? Maybe college? - I was in a literature class, and we were reading something by Jonathan Swift (as some of you reading this may be aware, trying to think back 30 years or more to what happened in a high school or college class is about as easy ...

  • Jill
    Dec 20, 2018

    3.5 stars. Imagine what it must be like to have a famous father, and to play a role in his fame. Imagine what it's like to be so enmeshed in his situation that you're not sure where his path ends and yours begins, or how to separate the two. That describes Anton Winter's life pr...

    Anton Winter has just returned to New York, at the beginning of this novel. He has been in Africa, with the Peace Corps, but a bout of malaria has left him needing to recuperate. Anton?s father, Buddy, is a late night chat show host, who is recovering from a break-down, after walking...

    I may need to give up on historical fiction - I think it just isn't for me. The Dakota Winters has a synopsis that caught my attention, but I struggled to maintain focus. It's very slow-paced with a lot of chatting and name-dropping. I think that this would be a good fit for the ri...

    Very mediocre book. The narrator seems to just be an observer throughout this story of second chances and comeback attempts. Unfortunately, it often seemed that the author didn?t quite know what he wanted the story to ultimately be about. There was a rich opportunity here - the famou...

    I was just little over a year old when John Lennon was killed, and writing this review is it just days after the 38 anniversary of his death. And, this story was extra poignant when you think about how much John Lennon had left to give when his life was cut short. This is a fictional s...

    This is one of my least favorite genres, fictionalized biography. However, I have a special affection for the time span, 1979-80, particularly since I spent much time then in NYC, in love with the worn glamor of the upper west side. Tom Barbash writes well of that era, that place. I re...

    Please please me, oh yeah. ?There was an unwritten code in the Dakota that you made nothing of people?s celebrity and you treated everyone simply as neighbours, and for the most part we did.? Not, as you might suppose, a bleak seasonal tale set in the American Midwest but t...

    ?The Dakota Winters? is a story of historical fame and privilege, told through the eyes of Anton Winter. Anton is the son of Buddy Winter, a famous talk show host who is attempting a comeback after having a breakdown on his own show and simply walking out. The Winter family lives i...

    Halfway through The Dakota Winters, I stopped momentarily and asked myself: what is the key story here? Is it the story of the narrator Anton, who is in danger of being overshadowed by his charismatic and damaged by his late-night talk show host father, Buddy Winters? Or is it a homage...

  • Kasa Cotugno
    Dec 24, 2018

    3.5 stars. Imagine what it must be like to have a famous father, and to play a role in his fame. Imagine what it's like to be so enmeshed in his situation that you're not sure where his path ends and yours begins, or how to separate the two. That describes Anton Winter's life pr...

    Anton Winter has just returned to New York, at the beginning of this novel. He has been in Africa, with the Peace Corps, but a bout of malaria has left him needing to recuperate. Anton?s father, Buddy, is a late night chat show host, who is recovering from a break-down, after walking...

    I may need to give up on historical fiction - I think it just isn't for me. The Dakota Winters has a synopsis that caught my attention, but I struggled to maintain focus. It's very slow-paced with a lot of chatting and name-dropping. I think that this would be a good fit for the ri...

    Very mediocre book. The narrator seems to just be an observer throughout this story of second chances and comeback attempts. Unfortunately, it often seemed that the author didn?t quite know what he wanted the story to ultimately be about. There was a rich opportunity here - the famou...

    I was just little over a year old when John Lennon was killed, and writing this review is it just days after the 38 anniversary of his death. And, this story was extra poignant when you think about how much John Lennon had left to give when his life was cut short. This is a fictional s...

    This is one of my least favorite genres, fictionalized biography. However, I have a special affection for the time span, 1979-80, particularly since I spent much time then in NYC, in love with the worn glamor of the upper west side. Tom Barbash writes well of that era, that place. I re...

  • Larry
    Feb 08, 2019

    3.5 stars. Imagine what it must be like to have a famous father, and to play a role in his fame. Imagine what it's like to be so enmeshed in his situation that you're not sure where his path ends and yours begins, or how to separate the two. That describes Anton Winter's life pr...

    Anton Winter has just returned to New York, at the beginning of this novel. He has been in Africa, with the Peace Corps, but a bout of malaria has left him needing to recuperate. Anton?s father, Buddy, is a late night chat show host, who is recovering from a break-down, after walking...

    I may need to give up on historical fiction - I think it just isn't for me. The Dakota Winters has a synopsis that caught my attention, but I struggled to maintain focus. It's very slow-paced with a lot of chatting and name-dropping. I think that this would be a good fit for the ri...

    Very mediocre book. The narrator seems to just be an observer throughout this story of second chances and comeback attempts. Unfortunately, it often seemed that the author didn?t quite know what he wanted the story to ultimately be about. There was a rich opportunity here - the famou...

    I was just little over a year old when John Lennon was killed, and writing this review is it just days after the 38 anniversary of his death. And, this story was extra poignant when you think about how much John Lennon had left to give when his life was cut short. This is a fictional s...

    This is one of my least favorite genres, fictionalized biography. However, I have a special affection for the time span, 1979-80, particularly since I spent much time then in NYC, in love with the worn glamor of the upper west side. Tom Barbash writes well of that era, that place. I re...

    Please please me, oh yeah. ?There was an unwritten code in the Dakota that you made nothing of people?s celebrity and you treated everyone simply as neighbours, and for the most part we did.? Not, as you might suppose, a bleak seasonal tale set in the American Midwest but t...

    ?The Dakota Winters? is a story of historical fame and privilege, told through the eyes of Anton Winter. Anton is the son of Buddy Winter, a famous talk show host who is attempting a comeback after having a breakdown on his own show and simply walking out. The Winter family lives i...

    Halfway through The Dakota Winters, I stopped momentarily and asked myself: what is the key story here? Is it the story of the narrator Anton, who is in danger of being overshadowed by his charismatic and damaged by his late-night talk show host father, Buddy Winters? Or is it a homage...

    A quick, absorbing read at first, and utterly devoid of any significance in the end. Could have been a vapid Vanity Fair article about a tv talk show host in the 1980s living the famed NY apartment complex the Dakota, with its most famous occupant John Lennon and that Yoko in the backg...

    Unexpectedly lovely. This snagged me because of the narrator's voice--it read almost like memoir. For some reason it kept reminding me of Ward Just's An Unfinished Season, even though I read that book ages ago and hardly remember it. It also paired bizarrely well with The Buddha of Sub...

    Visit the locations in the novel - NYC The Dakota Winters is a story of the residents of the famous Dakota building in New York. This of course was the very spot where John Lennon and Yoko lived and where he ultimately died in a tragic shooting. Anton Winter is the narrator o...

    Novel set in and around the Dakota Building NEW YORK 1980 Tom Barbash?s latest novel focuses on a difficult period for the Winters, a family who live in the Dakota, an apartment block in Upper West Side, New York ? hence the title. The Dakota, famously the setting for the...

    Meh. If putting an exclamation mark after ?meh? would reflect extreme indifference and apathy rather than a confusing expression of excitement to a term meant to reflect a feeling of blandness and indifference, then I?d start by saying ?Meh!!? I read this book based on a revi...

    This is one of the most satisfying books I've read in quite a while. I simply devoured it. Who would have thought that a book about the Dakota Apartments could have John Lennon as only a secondary character and still be so enthralling? The novel is really about the Winter family. Bud...

    Anton Winter is the son of a chat show host who has had a spectacular, and very public, breakdown. He narrates the tale of his father rehabilitation alongside that of the Dakota building's most famous resident, John Lennon. Both men are taking a break from their public personas and are...

    Utterly disappointing. This book could have been so much more. Buddy Winters was a complete loser. Then much time is wasted on being on a sea voyage with John Lennon. The beginning of the book was interesting. I would have enjoyed far more detail on the Dakota, perhaps something happen...

    Really enjoyed up to the non-existent ending. At times there needed to be a better setup for scenes that were heavy on the dialog. ...

    Despite what you may think, this is not a tale about hard times on the prairies. The Dakota of the title is the famous Dakota apartment building in New York where celebrities such as John Lennon and Yoko Ono live. The Winters refer to the family of a fictitious celebrity talk show show...

    New York City is going to house in 2018 days offs the house and her children and people going to the school tomorrow morning ...

    This book wasn?t perfect, but it gets the rare 5 stars because it was completely engrossing. There is something a little Catcher in the Rye-ish, except the narrator and main character Anton is older, but still rudderless and anxiety filled. He struggles with being in the shadow of hi...

    I found this one slow but didn?t actually hate it. Not much plot and what there was, was totally predictable. ...

    I've been really struggling to describe why I hated this book. I got it in a Secret Santa scenario, and the cover keeps fooling me into thinking it's the Emperor's Children. I've read like 5 books with this cover wanting it to be The Emperor's Children. It's not. Which is really unfair...

    I usually enjoy historical fiction but this was a bore. To be successful, a good writer of historical fiction has to give you enough details to set the time and place. But this just was a long series of celebrity name-dropping and working historical facts into odd conversations. A walk...

    Bored with this whole story. Didn't finish it. On to better ones ...

    Back when I was young - maybe high school? Maybe college? - I was in a literature class, and we were reading something by Jonathan Swift (as some of you reading this may be aware, trying to think back 30 years or more to what happened in a high school or college class is about as easy ...

    'The Dakota Winters" is a disarmingly artful novel about fame, success, failure, the price of filial devotion, friendship, and personal confusion. The Dakota is a famous apartment building on New York City's West Side (the exterior from "Rosemary's Baby") and Winter is the name of the ...

  • Patty Shlonsky
    Oct 29, 2018

    3.5 stars. Imagine what it must be like to have a famous father, and to play a role in his fame. Imagine what it's like to be so enmeshed in his situation that you're not sure where his path ends and yours begins, or how to separate the two. That describes Anton Winter's life pr...

    Anton Winter has just returned to New York, at the beginning of this novel. He has been in Africa, with the Peace Corps, but a bout of malaria has left him needing to recuperate. Anton?s father, Buddy, is a late night chat show host, who is recovering from a break-down, after walking...

    I may need to give up on historical fiction - I think it just isn't for me. The Dakota Winters has a synopsis that caught my attention, but I struggled to maintain focus. It's very slow-paced with a lot of chatting and name-dropping. I think that this would be a good fit for the ri...

    Very mediocre book. The narrator seems to just be an observer throughout this story of second chances and comeback attempts. Unfortunately, it often seemed that the author didn?t quite know what he wanted the story to ultimately be about. There was a rich opportunity here - the famou...

    I was just little over a year old when John Lennon was killed, and writing this review is it just days after the 38 anniversary of his death. And, this story was extra poignant when you think about how much John Lennon had left to give when his life was cut short. This is a fictional s...

    This is one of my least favorite genres, fictionalized biography. However, I have a special affection for the time span, 1979-80, particularly since I spent much time then in NYC, in love with the worn glamor of the upper west side. Tom Barbash writes well of that era, that place. I re...

    Please please me, oh yeah. ?There was an unwritten code in the Dakota that you made nothing of people?s celebrity and you treated everyone simply as neighbours, and for the most part we did.? Not, as you might suppose, a bleak seasonal tale set in the American Midwest but t...

    ?The Dakota Winters? is a story of historical fame and privilege, told through the eyes of Anton Winter. Anton is the son of Buddy Winter, a famous talk show host who is attempting a comeback after having a breakdown on his own show and simply walking out. The Winter family lives i...

  • Gary Branson
    Dec 17, 2018

    3.5 stars. Imagine what it must be like to have a famous father, and to play a role in his fame. Imagine what it's like to be so enmeshed in his situation that you're not sure where his path ends and yours begins, or how to separate the two. That describes Anton Winter's life pr...

    Anton Winter has just returned to New York, at the beginning of this novel. He has been in Africa, with the Peace Corps, but a bout of malaria has left him needing to recuperate. Anton?s father, Buddy, is a late night chat show host, who is recovering from a break-down, after walking...

    I may need to give up on historical fiction - I think it just isn't for me. The Dakota Winters has a synopsis that caught my attention, but I struggled to maintain focus. It's very slow-paced with a lot of chatting and name-dropping. I think that this would be a good fit for the ri...

    Very mediocre book. The narrator seems to just be an observer throughout this story of second chances and comeback attempts. Unfortunately, it often seemed that the author didn?t quite know what he wanted the story to ultimately be about. There was a rich opportunity here - the famou...

    I was just little over a year old when John Lennon was killed, and writing this review is it just days after the 38 anniversary of his death. And, this story was extra poignant when you think about how much John Lennon had left to give when his life was cut short. This is a fictional s...

    This is one of my least favorite genres, fictionalized biography. However, I have a special affection for the time span, 1979-80, particularly since I spent much time then in NYC, in love with the worn glamor of the upper west side. Tom Barbash writes well of that era, that place. I re...

    Please please me, oh yeah. ?There was an unwritten code in the Dakota that you made nothing of people?s celebrity and you treated everyone simply as neighbours, and for the most part we did.? Not, as you might suppose, a bleak seasonal tale set in the American Midwest but t...

    ?The Dakota Winters? is a story of historical fame and privilege, told through the eyes of Anton Winter. Anton is the son of Buddy Winter, a famous talk show host who is attempting a comeback after having a breakdown on his own show and simply walking out. The Winter family lives i...

    Halfway through The Dakota Winters, I stopped momentarily and asked myself: what is the key story here? Is it the story of the narrator Anton, who is in danger of being overshadowed by his charismatic and damaged by his late-night talk show host father, Buddy Winters? Or is it a homage...

    A quick, absorbing read at first, and utterly devoid of any significance in the end. Could have been a vapid Vanity Fair article about a tv talk show host in the 1980s living the famed NY apartment complex the Dakota, with its most famous occupant John Lennon and that Yoko in the backg...

    Unexpectedly lovely. This snagged me because of the narrator's voice--it read almost like memoir. For some reason it kept reminding me of Ward Just's An Unfinished Season, even though I read that book ages ago and hardly remember it. It also paired bizarrely well with The Buddha of Sub...

    Visit the locations in the novel - NYC The Dakota Winters is a story of the residents of the famous Dakota building in New York. This of course was the very spot where John Lennon and Yoko lived and where he ultimately died in a tragic shooting. Anton Winter is the narrator o...

    Novel set in and around the Dakota Building NEW YORK 1980 Tom Barbash?s latest novel focuses on a difficult period for the Winters, a family who live in the Dakota, an apartment block in Upper West Side, New York ? hence the title. The Dakota, famously the setting for the...

    Meh. If putting an exclamation mark after ?meh? would reflect extreme indifference and apathy rather than a confusing expression of excitement to a term meant to reflect a feeling of blandness and indifference, then I?d start by saying ?Meh!!? I read this book based on a revi...

    This is one of the most satisfying books I've read in quite a while. I simply devoured it. Who would have thought that a book about the Dakota Apartments could have John Lennon as only a secondary character and still be so enthralling? The novel is really about the Winter family. Bud...

    Anton Winter is the son of a chat show host who has had a spectacular, and very public, breakdown. He narrates the tale of his father rehabilitation alongside that of the Dakota building's most famous resident, John Lennon. Both men are taking a break from their public personas and are...

    Utterly disappointing. This book could have been so much more. Buddy Winters was a complete loser. Then much time is wasted on being on a sea voyage with John Lennon. The beginning of the book was interesting. I would have enjoyed far more detail on the Dakota, perhaps something happen...

    Really enjoyed up to the non-existent ending. At times there needed to be a better setup for scenes that were heavy on the dialog. ...

  • Sarah
    Aug 14, 2018

    3.5 stars. Imagine what it must be like to have a famous father, and to play a role in his fame. Imagine what it's like to be so enmeshed in his situation that you're not sure where his path ends and yours begins, or how to separate the two. That describes Anton Winter's life pr...

    Anton Winter has just returned to New York, at the beginning of this novel. He has been in Africa, with the Peace Corps, but a bout of malaria has left him needing to recuperate. Anton?s father, Buddy, is a late night chat show host, who is recovering from a break-down, after walking...

    I may need to give up on historical fiction - I think it just isn't for me. The Dakota Winters has a synopsis that caught my attention, but I struggled to maintain focus. It's very slow-paced with a lot of chatting and name-dropping. I think that this would be a good fit for the ri...

    Very mediocre book. The narrator seems to just be an observer throughout this story of second chances and comeback attempts. Unfortunately, it often seemed that the author didn?t quite know what he wanted the story to ultimately be about. There was a rich opportunity here - the famou...

    I was just little over a year old when John Lennon was killed, and writing this review is it just days after the 38 anniversary of his death. And, this story was extra poignant when you think about how much John Lennon had left to give when his life was cut short. This is a fictional s...

    This is one of my least favorite genres, fictionalized biography. However, I have a special affection for the time span, 1979-80, particularly since I spent much time then in NYC, in love with the worn glamor of the upper west side. Tom Barbash writes well of that era, that place. I re...

    Please please me, oh yeah. ?There was an unwritten code in the Dakota that you made nothing of people?s celebrity and you treated everyone simply as neighbours, and for the most part we did.? Not, as you might suppose, a bleak seasonal tale set in the American Midwest but t...

    ?The Dakota Winters? is a story of historical fame and privilege, told through the eyes of Anton Winter. Anton is the son of Buddy Winter, a famous talk show host who is attempting a comeback after having a breakdown on his own show and simply walking out. The Winter family lives i...

    Halfway through The Dakota Winters, I stopped momentarily and asked myself: what is the key story here? Is it the story of the narrator Anton, who is in danger of being overshadowed by his charismatic and damaged by his late-night talk show host father, Buddy Winters? Or is it a homage...

    A quick, absorbing read at first, and utterly devoid of any significance in the end. Could have been a vapid Vanity Fair article about a tv talk show host in the 1980s living the famed NY apartment complex the Dakota, with its most famous occupant John Lennon and that Yoko in the backg...

    Unexpectedly lovely. This snagged me because of the narrator's voice--it read almost like memoir. For some reason it kept reminding me of Ward Just's An Unfinished Season, even though I read that book ages ago and hardly remember it. It also paired bizarrely well with The Buddha of Sub...

    Visit the locations in the novel - NYC The Dakota Winters is a story of the residents of the famous Dakota building in New York. This of course was the very spot where John Lennon and Yoko lived and where he ultimately died in a tragic shooting. Anton Winter is the narrator o...

    Novel set in and around the Dakota Building NEW YORK 1980 Tom Barbash?s latest novel focuses on a difficult period for the Winters, a family who live in the Dakota, an apartment block in Upper West Side, New York ? hence the title. The Dakota, famously the setting for the...

    Meh. If putting an exclamation mark after ?meh? would reflect extreme indifference and apathy rather than a confusing expression of excitement to a term meant to reflect a feeling of blandness and indifference, then I?d start by saying ?Meh!!? I read this book based on a revi...

    This is one of the most satisfying books I've read in quite a while. I simply devoured it. Who would have thought that a book about the Dakota Apartments could have John Lennon as only a secondary character and still be so enthralling? The novel is really about the Winter family. Bud...

    Anton Winter is the son of a chat show host who has had a spectacular, and very public, breakdown. He narrates the tale of his father rehabilitation alongside that of the Dakota building's most famous resident, John Lennon. Both men are taking a break from their public personas and are...

  • Heather Mize
    Jan 05, 2019

    3.5 stars. Imagine what it must be like to have a famous father, and to play a role in his fame. Imagine what it's like to be so enmeshed in his situation that you're not sure where his path ends and yours begins, or how to separate the two. That describes Anton Winter's life pr...

    Anton Winter has just returned to New York, at the beginning of this novel. He has been in Africa, with the Peace Corps, but a bout of malaria has left him needing to recuperate. Anton?s father, Buddy, is a late night chat show host, who is recovering from a break-down, after walking...

    I may need to give up on historical fiction - I think it just isn't for me. The Dakota Winters has a synopsis that caught my attention, but I struggled to maintain focus. It's very slow-paced with a lot of chatting and name-dropping. I think that this would be a good fit for the ri...

    Very mediocre book. The narrator seems to just be an observer throughout this story of second chances and comeback attempts. Unfortunately, it often seemed that the author didn?t quite know what he wanted the story to ultimately be about. There was a rich opportunity here - the famou...

    I was just little over a year old when John Lennon was killed, and writing this review is it just days after the 38 anniversary of his death. And, this story was extra poignant when you think about how much John Lennon had left to give when his life was cut short. This is a fictional s...

    This is one of my least favorite genres, fictionalized biography. However, I have a special affection for the time span, 1979-80, particularly since I spent much time then in NYC, in love with the worn glamor of the upper west side. Tom Barbash writes well of that era, that place. I re...

    Please please me, oh yeah. ?There was an unwritten code in the Dakota that you made nothing of people?s celebrity and you treated everyone simply as neighbours, and for the most part we did.? Not, as you might suppose, a bleak seasonal tale set in the American Midwest but t...

    ?The Dakota Winters? is a story of historical fame and privilege, told through the eyes of Anton Winter. Anton is the son of Buddy Winter, a famous talk show host who is attempting a comeback after having a breakdown on his own show and simply walking out. The Winter family lives i...

    Halfway through The Dakota Winters, I stopped momentarily and asked myself: what is the key story here? Is it the story of the narrator Anton, who is in danger of being overshadowed by his charismatic and damaged by his late-night talk show host father, Buddy Winters? Or is it a homage...

    A quick, absorbing read at first, and utterly devoid of any significance in the end. Could have been a vapid Vanity Fair article about a tv talk show host in the 1980s living the famed NY apartment complex the Dakota, with its most famous occupant John Lennon and that Yoko in the backg...

    Unexpectedly lovely. This snagged me because of the narrator's voice--it read almost like memoir. For some reason it kept reminding me of Ward Just's An Unfinished Season, even though I read that book ages ago and hardly remember it. It also paired bizarrely well with The Buddha of Sub...

    Visit the locations in the novel - NYC The Dakota Winters is a story of the residents of the famous Dakota building in New York. This of course was the very spot where John Lennon and Yoko lived and where he ultimately died in a tragic shooting. Anton Winter is the narrator o...

    Novel set in and around the Dakota Building NEW YORK 1980 Tom Barbash?s latest novel focuses on a difficult period for the Winters, a family who live in the Dakota, an apartment block in Upper West Side, New York ? hence the title. The Dakota, famously the setting for the...

    Meh. If putting an exclamation mark after ?meh? would reflect extreme indifference and apathy rather than a confusing expression of excitement to a term meant to reflect a feeling of blandness and indifference, then I?d start by saying ?Meh!!? I read this book based on a revi...

    This is one of the most satisfying books I've read in quite a while. I simply devoured it. Who would have thought that a book about the Dakota Apartments could have John Lennon as only a secondary character and still be so enthralling? The novel is really about the Winter family. Bud...

    Anton Winter is the son of a chat show host who has had a spectacular, and very public, breakdown. He narrates the tale of his father rehabilitation alongside that of the Dakota building's most famous resident, John Lennon. Both men are taking a break from their public personas and are...

    Utterly disappointing. This book could have been so much more. Buddy Winters was a complete loser. Then much time is wasted on being on a sea voyage with John Lennon. The beginning of the book was interesting. I would have enjoyed far more detail on the Dakota, perhaps something happen...

    Really enjoyed up to the non-existent ending. At times there needed to be a better setup for scenes that were heavy on the dialog. ...

    Despite what you may think, this is not a tale about hard times on the prairies. The Dakota of the title is the famous Dakota apartment building in New York where celebrities such as John Lennon and Yoko Ono live. The Winters refer to the family of a fictitious celebrity talk show show...

    New York City is going to house in 2018 days offs the house and her children and people going to the school tomorrow morning ...

    This book wasn?t perfect, but it gets the rare 5 stars because it was completely engrossing. There is something a little Catcher in the Rye-ish, except the narrator and main character Anton is older, but still rudderless and anxiety filled. He struggles with being in the shadow of hi...

  • Susan
    Nov 12, 2018

    3.5 stars. Imagine what it must be like to have a famous father, and to play a role in his fame. Imagine what it's like to be so enmeshed in his situation that you're not sure where his path ends and yours begins, or how to separate the two. That describes Anton Winter's life pr...

    Anton Winter has just returned to New York, at the beginning of this novel. He has been in Africa, with the Peace Corps, but a bout of malaria has left him needing to recuperate. Anton?s father, Buddy, is a late night chat show host, who is recovering from a break-down, after walking...

  • Larry H
    Dec 24, 2018

    3.5 stars. Imagine what it must be like to have a famous father, and to play a role in his fame. Imagine what it's like to be so enmeshed in his situation that you're not sure where his path ends and yours begins, or how to separate the two. That describes Anton Winter's life pr...

  • Toto
    Dec 21, 2018

    3.5 stars. Imagine what it must be like to have a famous father, and to play a role in his fame. Imagine what it's like to be so enmeshed in his situation that you're not sure where his path ends and yours begins, or how to separate the two. That describes Anton Winter's life pr...

    Anton Winter has just returned to New York, at the beginning of this novel. He has been in Africa, with the Peace Corps, but a bout of malaria has left him needing to recuperate. Anton?s father, Buddy, is a late night chat show host, who is recovering from a break-down, after walking...

    I may need to give up on historical fiction - I think it just isn't for me. The Dakota Winters has a synopsis that caught my attention, but I struggled to maintain focus. It's very slow-paced with a lot of chatting and name-dropping. I think that this would be a good fit for the ri...

    Very mediocre book. The narrator seems to just be an observer throughout this story of second chances and comeback attempts. Unfortunately, it often seemed that the author didn?t quite know what he wanted the story to ultimately be about. There was a rich opportunity here - the famou...

    I was just little over a year old when John Lennon was killed, and writing this review is it just days after the 38 anniversary of his death. And, this story was extra poignant when you think about how much John Lennon had left to give when his life was cut short. This is a fictional s...

    This is one of my least favorite genres, fictionalized biography. However, I have a special affection for the time span, 1979-80, particularly since I spent much time then in NYC, in love with the worn glamor of the upper west side. Tom Barbash writes well of that era, that place. I re...

    Please please me, oh yeah. ?There was an unwritten code in the Dakota that you made nothing of people?s celebrity and you treated everyone simply as neighbours, and for the most part we did.? Not, as you might suppose, a bleak seasonal tale set in the American Midwest but t...

    ?The Dakota Winters? is a story of historical fame and privilege, told through the eyes of Anton Winter. Anton is the son of Buddy Winter, a famous talk show host who is attempting a comeback after having a breakdown on his own show and simply walking out. The Winter family lives i...

    Halfway through The Dakota Winters, I stopped momentarily and asked myself: what is the key story here? Is it the story of the narrator Anton, who is in danger of being overshadowed by his charismatic and damaged by his late-night talk show host father, Buddy Winters? Or is it a homage...

    A quick, absorbing read at first, and utterly devoid of any significance in the end. Could have been a vapid Vanity Fair article about a tv talk show host in the 1980s living the famed NY apartment complex the Dakota, with its most famous occupant John Lennon and that Yoko in the backg...

  • Emily
    Nov 15, 2018

    3.5 stars. Imagine what it must be like to have a famous father, and to play a role in his fame. Imagine what it's like to be so enmeshed in his situation that you're not sure where his path ends and yours begins, or how to separate the two. That describes Anton Winter's life pr...

    Anton Winter has just returned to New York, at the beginning of this novel. He has been in Africa, with the Peace Corps, but a bout of malaria has left him needing to recuperate. Anton?s father, Buddy, is a late night chat show host, who is recovering from a break-down, after walking...

    I may need to give up on historical fiction - I think it just isn't for me. The Dakota Winters has a synopsis that caught my attention, but I struggled to maintain focus. It's very slow-paced with a lot of chatting and name-dropping. I think that this would be a good fit for the ri...

  • Chris Roberts
    Dec 06, 2018

    3.5 stars. Imagine what it must be like to have a famous father, and to play a role in his fame. Imagine what it's like to be so enmeshed in his situation that you're not sure where his path ends and yours begins, or how to separate the two. That describes Anton Winter's life pr...

    Anton Winter has just returned to New York, at the beginning of this novel. He has been in Africa, with the Peace Corps, but a bout of malaria has left him needing to recuperate. Anton?s father, Buddy, is a late night chat show host, who is recovering from a break-down, after walking...

    I may need to give up on historical fiction - I think it just isn't for me. The Dakota Winters has a synopsis that caught my attention, but I struggled to maintain focus. It's very slow-paced with a lot of chatting and name-dropping. I think that this would be a good fit for the ri...

    Very mediocre book. The narrator seems to just be an observer throughout this story of second chances and comeback attempts. Unfortunately, it often seemed that the author didn?t quite know what he wanted the story to ultimately be about. There was a rich opportunity here - the famou...

    I was just little over a year old when John Lennon was killed, and writing this review is it just days after the 38 anniversary of his death. And, this story was extra poignant when you think about how much John Lennon had left to give when his life was cut short. This is a fictional s...

    This is one of my least favorite genres, fictionalized biography. However, I have a special affection for the time span, 1979-80, particularly since I spent much time then in NYC, in love with the worn glamor of the upper west side. Tom Barbash writes well of that era, that place. I re...

    Please please me, oh yeah. ?There was an unwritten code in the Dakota that you made nothing of people?s celebrity and you treated everyone simply as neighbours, and for the most part we did.? Not, as you might suppose, a bleak seasonal tale set in the American Midwest but t...

    ?The Dakota Winters? is a story of historical fame and privilege, told through the eyes of Anton Winter. Anton is the son of Buddy Winter, a famous talk show host who is attempting a comeback after having a breakdown on his own show and simply walking out. The Winter family lives i...

    Halfway through The Dakota Winters, I stopped momentarily and asked myself: what is the key story here? Is it the story of the narrator Anton, who is in danger of being overshadowed by his charismatic and damaged by his late-night talk show host father, Buddy Winters? Or is it a homage...

    A quick, absorbing read at first, and utterly devoid of any significance in the end. Could have been a vapid Vanity Fair article about a tv talk show host in the 1980s living the famed NY apartment complex the Dakota, with its most famous occupant John Lennon and that Yoko in the backg...

    Unexpectedly lovely. This snagged me because of the narrator's voice--it read almost like memoir. For some reason it kept reminding me of Ward Just's An Unfinished Season, even though I read that book ages ago and hardly remember it. It also paired bizarrely well with The Buddha of Sub...

    Visit the locations in the novel - NYC The Dakota Winters is a story of the residents of the famous Dakota building in New York. This of course was the very spot where John Lennon and Yoko lived and where he ultimately died in a tragic shooting. Anton Winter is the narrator o...

    Novel set in and around the Dakota Building NEW YORK 1980 Tom Barbash?s latest novel focuses on a difficult period for the Winters, a family who live in the Dakota, an apartment block in Upper West Side, New York ? hence the title. The Dakota, famously the setting for the...

    Meh. If putting an exclamation mark after ?meh? would reflect extreme indifference and apathy rather than a confusing expression of excitement to a term meant to reflect a feeling of blandness and indifference, then I?d start by saying ?Meh!!? I read this book based on a revi...

    This is one of the most satisfying books I've read in quite a while. I simply devoured it. Who would have thought that a book about the Dakota Apartments could have John Lennon as only a secondary character and still be so enthralling? The novel is really about the Winter family. Bud...

    Anton Winter is the son of a chat show host who has had a spectacular, and very public, breakdown. He narrates the tale of his father rehabilitation alongside that of the Dakota building's most famous resident, John Lennon. Both men are taking a break from their public personas and are...

    Utterly disappointing. This book could have been so much more. Buddy Winters was a complete loser. Then much time is wasted on being on a sea voyage with John Lennon. The beginning of the book was interesting. I would have enjoyed far more detail on the Dakota, perhaps something happen...

    Really enjoyed up to the non-existent ending. At times there needed to be a better setup for scenes that were heavy on the dialog. ...

    Despite what you may think, this is not a tale about hard times on the prairies. The Dakota of the title is the famous Dakota apartment building in New York where celebrities such as John Lennon and Yoko Ono live. The Winters refer to the family of a fictitious celebrity talk show show...

    New York City is going to house in 2018 days offs the house and her children and people going to the school tomorrow morning ...

    This book wasn?t perfect, but it gets the rare 5 stars because it was completely engrossing. There is something a little Catcher in the Rye-ish, except the narrator and main character Anton is older, but still rudderless and anxiety filled. He struggles with being in the shadow of hi...

    I found this one slow but didn?t actually hate it. Not much plot and what there was, was totally predictable. ...

    I've been really struggling to describe why I hated this book. I got it in a Secret Santa scenario, and the cover keeps fooling me into thinking it's the Emperor's Children. I've read like 5 books with this cover wanting it to be The Emperor's Children. It's not. Which is really unfair...

    I usually enjoy historical fiction but this was a bore. To be successful, a good writer of historical fiction has to give you enough details to set the time and place. But this just was a long series of celebrity name-dropping and working historical facts into odd conversations. A walk...

    Bored with this whole story. Didn't finish it. On to better ones ...

    Back when I was young - maybe high school? Maybe college? - I was in a literature class, and we were reading something by Jonathan Swift (as some of you reading this may be aware, trying to think back 30 years or more to what happened in a high school or college class is about as easy ...

    'The Dakota Winters" is a disarmingly artful novel about fame, success, failure, the price of filial devotion, friendship, and personal confusion. The Dakota is a famous apartment building on New York City's West Side (the exterior from "Rosemary's Baby") and Winter is the name of the ...

    Great story about Buddy Winters, a talk show host who is trying to get another show going. He lives at the Dakota and one of his neighbors is John and Yoko. Anyway it focuses on Buddys son also. I have never heard so many celebrity name dropping as in this book. I was 17 in 1980 and re...

    The whole of verbalized human interaction, is a redundancy of self-predicated absurdity, constantly articulated, time-time, again-again. What 1979? NYC, 1977, crazier summer blackout, Son of Sam, graffiti tagged subway trains, get mugged, repeat, Studio 54, cocaine. ...

  • SueKich
    Dec 02, 2018

    3.5 stars. Imagine what it must be like to have a famous father, and to play a role in his fame. Imagine what it's like to be so enmeshed in his situation that you're not sure where his path ends and yours begins, or how to separate the two. That describes Anton Winter's life pr...

    Anton Winter has just returned to New York, at the beginning of this novel. He has been in Africa, with the Peace Corps, but a bout of malaria has left him needing to recuperate. Anton?s father, Buddy, is a late night chat show host, who is recovering from a break-down, after walking...

    I may need to give up on historical fiction - I think it just isn't for me. The Dakota Winters has a synopsis that caught my attention, but I struggled to maintain focus. It's very slow-paced with a lot of chatting and name-dropping. I think that this would be a good fit for the ri...

    Very mediocre book. The narrator seems to just be an observer throughout this story of second chances and comeback attempts. Unfortunately, it often seemed that the author didn?t quite know what he wanted the story to ultimately be about. There was a rich opportunity here - the famou...

    I was just little over a year old when John Lennon was killed, and writing this review is it just days after the 38 anniversary of his death. And, this story was extra poignant when you think about how much John Lennon had left to give when his life was cut short. This is a fictional s...

    This is one of my least favorite genres, fictionalized biography. However, I have a special affection for the time span, 1979-80, particularly since I spent much time then in NYC, in love with the worn glamor of the upper west side. Tom Barbash writes well of that era, that place. I re...

    Please please me, oh yeah. ?There was an unwritten code in the Dakota that you made nothing of people?s celebrity and you treated everyone simply as neighbours, and for the most part we did.? Not, as you might suppose, a bleak seasonal tale set in the American Midwest but t...

  • Mary Delgizzi
    Jan 14, 2019

    3.5 stars. Imagine what it must be like to have a famous father, and to play a role in his fame. Imagine what it's like to be so enmeshed in his situation that you're not sure where his path ends and yours begins, or how to separate the two. That describes Anton Winter's life pr...

    Anton Winter has just returned to New York, at the beginning of this novel. He has been in Africa, with the Peace Corps, but a bout of malaria has left him needing to recuperate. Anton?s father, Buddy, is a late night chat show host, who is recovering from a break-down, after walking...

    I may need to give up on historical fiction - I think it just isn't for me. The Dakota Winters has a synopsis that caught my attention, but I struggled to maintain focus. It's very slow-paced with a lot of chatting and name-dropping. I think that this would be a good fit for the ri...

    Very mediocre book. The narrator seems to just be an observer throughout this story of second chances and comeback attempts. Unfortunately, it often seemed that the author didn?t quite know what he wanted the story to ultimately be about. There was a rich opportunity here - the famou...

    I was just little over a year old when John Lennon was killed, and writing this review is it just days after the 38 anniversary of his death. And, this story was extra poignant when you think about how much John Lennon had left to give when his life was cut short. This is a fictional s...

    This is one of my least favorite genres, fictionalized biography. However, I have a special affection for the time span, 1979-80, particularly since I spent much time then in NYC, in love with the worn glamor of the upper west side. Tom Barbash writes well of that era, that place. I re...

    Please please me, oh yeah. ?There was an unwritten code in the Dakota that you made nothing of people?s celebrity and you treated everyone simply as neighbours, and for the most part we did.? Not, as you might suppose, a bleak seasonal tale set in the American Midwest but t...

    ?The Dakota Winters? is a story of historical fame and privilege, told through the eyes of Anton Winter. Anton is the son of Buddy Winter, a famous talk show host who is attempting a comeback after having a breakdown on his own show and simply walking out. The Winter family lives i...

    Halfway through The Dakota Winters, I stopped momentarily and asked myself: what is the key story here? Is it the story of the narrator Anton, who is in danger of being overshadowed by his charismatic and damaged by his late-night talk show host father, Buddy Winters? Or is it a homage...

    A quick, absorbing read at first, and utterly devoid of any significance in the end. Could have been a vapid Vanity Fair article about a tv talk show host in the 1980s living the famed NY apartment complex the Dakota, with its most famous occupant John Lennon and that Yoko in the backg...

    Unexpectedly lovely. This snagged me because of the narrator's voice--it read almost like memoir. For some reason it kept reminding me of Ward Just's An Unfinished Season, even though I read that book ages ago and hardly remember it. It also paired bizarrely well with The Buddha of Sub...

    Visit the locations in the novel - NYC The Dakota Winters is a story of the residents of the famous Dakota building in New York. This of course was the very spot where John Lennon and Yoko lived and where he ultimately died in a tragic shooting. Anton Winter is the narrator o...

    Novel set in and around the Dakota Building NEW YORK 1980 Tom Barbash?s latest novel focuses on a difficult period for the Winters, a family who live in the Dakota, an apartment block in Upper West Side, New York ? hence the title. The Dakota, famously the setting for the...

    Meh. If putting an exclamation mark after ?meh? would reflect extreme indifference and apathy rather than a confusing expression of excitement to a term meant to reflect a feeling of blandness and indifference, then I?d start by saying ?Meh!!? I read this book based on a revi...

    This is one of the most satisfying books I've read in quite a while. I simply devoured it. Who would have thought that a book about the Dakota Apartments could have John Lennon as only a secondary character and still be so enthralling? The novel is really about the Winter family. Bud...

    Anton Winter is the son of a chat show host who has had a spectacular, and very public, breakdown. He narrates the tale of his father rehabilitation alongside that of the Dakota building's most famous resident, John Lennon. Both men are taking a break from their public personas and are...

    Utterly disappointing. This book could have been so much more. Buddy Winters was a complete loser. Then much time is wasted on being on a sea voyage with John Lennon. The beginning of the book was interesting. I would have enjoyed far more detail on the Dakota, perhaps something happen...

    Really enjoyed up to the non-existent ending. At times there needed to be a better setup for scenes that were heavy on the dialog. ...

    Despite what you may think, this is not a tale about hard times on the prairies. The Dakota of the title is the famous Dakota apartment building in New York where celebrities such as John Lennon and Yoko Ono live. The Winters refer to the family of a fictitious celebrity talk show show...

    New York City is going to house in 2018 days offs the house and her children and people going to the school tomorrow morning ...

    This book wasn?t perfect, but it gets the rare 5 stars because it was completely engrossing. There is something a little Catcher in the Rye-ish, except the narrator and main character Anton is older, but still rudderless and anxiety filled. He struggles with being in the shadow of hi...

    I found this one slow but didn?t actually hate it. Not much plot and what there was, was totally predictable. ...

    I've been really struggling to describe why I hated this book. I got it in a Secret Santa scenario, and the cover keeps fooling me into thinking it's the Emperor's Children. I've read like 5 books with this cover wanting it to be The Emperor's Children. It's not. Which is really unfair...

    I usually enjoy historical fiction but this was a bore. To be successful, a good writer of historical fiction has to give you enough details to set the time and place. But this just was a long series of celebrity name-dropping and working historical facts into odd conversations. A walk...

    Bored with this whole story. Didn't finish it. On to better ones ...

  • Joanne
    Feb 19, 2019

    3.5 stars. Imagine what it must be like to have a famous father, and to play a role in his fame. Imagine what it's like to be so enmeshed in his situation that you're not sure where his path ends and yours begins, or how to separate the two. That describes Anton Winter's life pr...

    Anton Winter has just returned to New York, at the beginning of this novel. He has been in Africa, with the Peace Corps, but a bout of malaria has left him needing to recuperate. Anton?s father, Buddy, is a late night chat show host, who is recovering from a break-down, after walking...

    I may need to give up on historical fiction - I think it just isn't for me. The Dakota Winters has a synopsis that caught my attention, but I struggled to maintain focus. It's very slow-paced with a lot of chatting and name-dropping. I think that this would be a good fit for the ri...

    Very mediocre book. The narrator seems to just be an observer throughout this story of second chances and comeback attempts. Unfortunately, it often seemed that the author didn?t quite know what he wanted the story to ultimately be about. There was a rich opportunity here - the famou...

    I was just little over a year old when John Lennon was killed, and writing this review is it just days after the 38 anniversary of his death. And, this story was extra poignant when you think about how much John Lennon had left to give when his life was cut short. This is a fictional s...

    This is one of my least favorite genres, fictionalized biography. However, I have a special affection for the time span, 1979-80, particularly since I spent much time then in NYC, in love with the worn glamor of the upper west side. Tom Barbash writes well of that era, that place. I re...

    Please please me, oh yeah. ?There was an unwritten code in the Dakota that you made nothing of people?s celebrity and you treated everyone simply as neighbours, and for the most part we did.? Not, as you might suppose, a bleak seasonal tale set in the American Midwest but t...

    ?The Dakota Winters? is a story of historical fame and privilege, told through the eyes of Anton Winter. Anton is the son of Buddy Winter, a famous talk show host who is attempting a comeback after having a breakdown on his own show and simply walking out. The Winter family lives i...

    Halfway through The Dakota Winters, I stopped momentarily and asked myself: what is the key story here? Is it the story of the narrator Anton, who is in danger of being overshadowed by his charismatic and damaged by his late-night talk show host father, Buddy Winters? Or is it a homage...

    A quick, absorbing read at first, and utterly devoid of any significance in the end. Could have been a vapid Vanity Fair article about a tv talk show host in the 1980s living the famed NY apartment complex the Dakota, with its most famous occupant John Lennon and that Yoko in the backg...

    Unexpectedly lovely. This snagged me because of the narrator's voice--it read almost like memoir. For some reason it kept reminding me of Ward Just's An Unfinished Season, even though I read that book ages ago and hardly remember it. It also paired bizarrely well with The Buddha of Sub...

    Visit the locations in the novel - NYC The Dakota Winters is a story of the residents of the famous Dakota building in New York. This of course was the very spot where John Lennon and Yoko lived and where he ultimately died in a tragic shooting. Anton Winter is the narrator o...

    Novel set in and around the Dakota Building NEW YORK 1980 Tom Barbash?s latest novel focuses on a difficult period for the Winters, a family who live in the Dakota, an apartment block in Upper West Side, New York ? hence the title. The Dakota, famously the setting for the...

    Meh. If putting an exclamation mark after ?meh? would reflect extreme indifference and apathy rather than a confusing expression of excitement to a term meant to reflect a feeling of blandness and indifference, then I?d start by saying ?Meh!!? I read this book based on a revi...

    This is one of the most satisfying books I've read in quite a while. I simply devoured it. Who would have thought that a book about the Dakota Apartments could have John Lennon as only a secondary character and still be so enthralling? The novel is really about the Winter family. Bud...

  • Gary
    Jan 02, 2019

    3.5 stars. Imagine what it must be like to have a famous father, and to play a role in his fame. Imagine what it's like to be so enmeshed in his situation that you're not sure where his path ends and yours begins, or how to separate the two. That describes Anton Winter's life pr...

    Anton Winter has just returned to New York, at the beginning of this novel. He has been in Africa, with the Peace Corps, but a bout of malaria has left him needing to recuperate. Anton?s father, Buddy, is a late night chat show host, who is recovering from a break-down, after walking...

    I may need to give up on historical fiction - I think it just isn't for me. The Dakota Winters has a synopsis that caught my attention, but I struggled to maintain focus. It's very slow-paced with a lot of chatting and name-dropping. I think that this would be a good fit for the ri...

    Very mediocre book. The narrator seems to just be an observer throughout this story of second chances and comeback attempts. Unfortunately, it often seemed that the author didn?t quite know what he wanted the story to ultimately be about. There was a rich opportunity here - the famou...

    I was just little over a year old when John Lennon was killed, and writing this review is it just days after the 38 anniversary of his death. And, this story was extra poignant when you think about how much John Lennon had left to give when his life was cut short. This is a fictional s...

    This is one of my least favorite genres, fictionalized biography. However, I have a special affection for the time span, 1979-80, particularly since I spent much time then in NYC, in love with the worn glamor of the upper west side. Tom Barbash writes well of that era, that place. I re...

    Please please me, oh yeah. ?There was an unwritten code in the Dakota that you made nothing of people?s celebrity and you treated everyone simply as neighbours, and for the most part we did.? Not, as you might suppose, a bleak seasonal tale set in the American Midwest but t...

    ?The Dakota Winters? is a story of historical fame and privilege, told through the eyes of Anton Winter. Anton is the son of Buddy Winter, a famous talk show host who is attempting a comeback after having a breakdown on his own show and simply walking out. The Winter family lives i...

    Halfway through The Dakota Winters, I stopped momentarily and asked myself: what is the key story here? Is it the story of the narrator Anton, who is in danger of being overshadowed by his charismatic and damaged by his late-night talk show host father, Buddy Winters? Or is it a homage...

    A quick, absorbing read at first, and utterly devoid of any significance in the end. Could have been a vapid Vanity Fair article about a tv talk show host in the 1980s living the famed NY apartment complex the Dakota, with its most famous occupant John Lennon and that Yoko in the backg...

    Unexpectedly lovely. This snagged me because of the narrator's voice--it read almost like memoir. For some reason it kept reminding me of Ward Just's An Unfinished Season, even though I read that book ages ago and hardly remember it. It also paired bizarrely well with The Buddha of Sub...

    Visit the locations in the novel - NYC The Dakota Winters is a story of the residents of the famous Dakota building in New York. This of course was the very spot where John Lennon and Yoko lived and where he ultimately died in a tragic shooting. Anton Winter is the narrator o...

    Novel set in and around the Dakota Building NEW YORK 1980 Tom Barbash?s latest novel focuses on a difficult period for the Winters, a family who live in the Dakota, an apartment block in Upper West Side, New York ? hence the title. The Dakota, famously the setting for the...

    Meh. If putting an exclamation mark after ?meh? would reflect extreme indifference and apathy rather than a confusing expression of excitement to a term meant to reflect a feeling of blandness and indifference, then I?d start by saying ?Meh!!? I read this book based on a revi...

    This is one of the most satisfying books I've read in quite a while. I simply devoured it. Who would have thought that a book about the Dakota Apartments could have John Lennon as only a secondary character and still be so enthralling? The novel is really about the Winter family. Bud...

    Anton Winter is the son of a chat show host who has had a spectacular, and very public, breakdown. He narrates the tale of his father rehabilitation alongside that of the Dakota building's most famous resident, John Lennon. Both men are taking a break from their public personas and are...

    Utterly disappointing. This book could have been so much more. Buddy Winters was a complete loser. Then much time is wasted on being on a sea voyage with John Lennon. The beginning of the book was interesting. I would have enjoyed far more detail on the Dakota, perhaps something happen...

    Really enjoyed up to the non-existent ending. At times there needed to be a better setup for scenes that were heavy on the dialog. ...

    Despite what you may think, this is not a tale about hard times on the prairies. The Dakota of the title is the famous Dakota apartment building in New York where celebrities such as John Lennon and Yoko Ono live. The Winters refer to the family of a fictitious celebrity talk show show...

  • Tripfiction
    Dec 25, 2018

    3.5 stars. Imagine what it must be like to have a famous father, and to play a role in his fame. Imagine what it's like to be so enmeshed in his situation that you're not sure where his path ends and yours begins, or how to separate the two. That describes Anton Winter's life pr...

    Anton Winter has just returned to New York, at the beginning of this novel. He has been in Africa, with the Peace Corps, but a bout of malaria has left him needing to recuperate. Anton?s father, Buddy, is a late night chat show host, who is recovering from a break-down, after walking...

    I may need to give up on historical fiction - I think it just isn't for me. The Dakota Winters has a synopsis that caught my attention, but I struggled to maintain focus. It's very slow-paced with a lot of chatting and name-dropping. I think that this would be a good fit for the ri...

    Very mediocre book. The narrator seems to just be an observer throughout this story of second chances and comeback attempts. Unfortunately, it often seemed that the author didn?t quite know what he wanted the story to ultimately be about. There was a rich opportunity here - the famou...

    I was just little over a year old when John Lennon was killed, and writing this review is it just days after the 38 anniversary of his death. And, this story was extra poignant when you think about how much John Lennon had left to give when his life was cut short. This is a fictional s...

    This is one of my least favorite genres, fictionalized biography. However, I have a special affection for the time span, 1979-80, particularly since I spent much time then in NYC, in love with the worn glamor of the upper west side. Tom Barbash writes well of that era, that place. I re...

    Please please me, oh yeah. ?There was an unwritten code in the Dakota that you made nothing of people?s celebrity and you treated everyone simply as neighbours, and for the most part we did.? Not, as you might suppose, a bleak seasonal tale set in the American Midwest but t...

    ?The Dakota Winters? is a story of historical fame and privilege, told through the eyes of Anton Winter. Anton is the son of Buddy Winter, a famous talk show host who is attempting a comeback after having a breakdown on his own show and simply walking out. The Winter family lives i...

    Halfway through The Dakota Winters, I stopped momentarily and asked myself: what is the key story here? Is it the story of the narrator Anton, who is in danger of being overshadowed by his charismatic and damaged by his late-night talk show host father, Buddy Winters? Or is it a homage...

    A quick, absorbing read at first, and utterly devoid of any significance in the end. Could have been a vapid Vanity Fair article about a tv talk show host in the 1980s living the famed NY apartment complex the Dakota, with its most famous occupant John Lennon and that Yoko in the backg...

    Unexpectedly lovely. This snagged me because of the narrator's voice--it read almost like memoir. For some reason it kept reminding me of Ward Just's An Unfinished Season, even though I read that book ages ago and hardly remember it. It also paired bizarrely well with The Buddha of Sub...

    Visit the locations in the novel - NYC The Dakota Winters is a story of the residents of the famous Dakota building in New York. This of course was the very spot where John Lennon and Yoko lived and where he ultimately died in a tragic shooting. Anton Winter is the narrator o...

    Novel set in and around the Dakota Building NEW YORK 1980 Tom Barbash?s latest novel focuses on a difficult period for the Winters, a family who live in the Dakota, an apartment block in Upper West Side, New York ? hence the title. The Dakota, famously the setting for the...

  • Thebooktrail
    Jan 20, 2019

    3.5 stars. Imagine what it must be like to have a famous father, and to play a role in his fame. Imagine what it's like to be so enmeshed in his situation that you're not sure where his path ends and yours begins, or how to separate the two. That describes Anton Winter's life pr...

    Anton Winter has just returned to New York, at the beginning of this novel. He has been in Africa, with the Peace Corps, but a bout of malaria has left him needing to recuperate. Anton?s father, Buddy, is a late night chat show host, who is recovering from a break-down, after walking...

    I may need to give up on historical fiction - I think it just isn't for me. The Dakota Winters has a synopsis that caught my attention, but I struggled to maintain focus. It's very slow-paced with a lot of chatting and name-dropping. I think that this would be a good fit for the ri...

    Very mediocre book. The narrator seems to just be an observer throughout this story of second chances and comeback attempts. Unfortunately, it often seemed that the author didn?t quite know what he wanted the story to ultimately be about. There was a rich opportunity here - the famou...

    I was just little over a year old when John Lennon was killed, and writing this review is it just days after the 38 anniversary of his death. And, this story was extra poignant when you think about how much John Lennon had left to give when his life was cut short. This is a fictional s...

    This is one of my least favorite genres, fictionalized biography. However, I have a special affection for the time span, 1979-80, particularly since I spent much time then in NYC, in love with the worn glamor of the upper west side. Tom Barbash writes well of that era, that place. I re...

    Please please me, oh yeah. ?There was an unwritten code in the Dakota that you made nothing of people?s celebrity and you treated everyone simply as neighbours, and for the most part we did.? Not, as you might suppose, a bleak seasonal tale set in the American Midwest but t...

    ?The Dakota Winters? is a story of historical fame and privilege, told through the eyes of Anton Winter. Anton is the son of Buddy Winter, a famous talk show host who is attempting a comeback after having a breakdown on his own show and simply walking out. The Winter family lives i...

    Halfway through The Dakota Winters, I stopped momentarily and asked myself: what is the key story here? Is it the story of the narrator Anton, who is in danger of being overshadowed by his charismatic and damaged by his late-night talk show host father, Buddy Winters? Or is it a homage...

    A quick, absorbing read at first, and utterly devoid of any significance in the end. Could have been a vapid Vanity Fair article about a tv talk show host in the 1980s living the famed NY apartment complex the Dakota, with its most famous occupant John Lennon and that Yoko in the backg...

    Unexpectedly lovely. This snagged me because of the narrator's voice--it read almost like memoir. For some reason it kept reminding me of Ward Just's An Unfinished Season, even though I read that book ages ago and hardly remember it. It also paired bizarrely well with The Buddha of Sub...

    Visit the locations in the novel - NYC The Dakota Winters is a story of the residents of the famous Dakota building in New York. This of course was the very spot where John Lennon and Yoko lived and where he ultimately died in a tragic shooting. Anton Winter is the narrator o...

  • Renay Russell
    Feb 16, 2019

    3.5 stars. Imagine what it must be like to have a famous father, and to play a role in his fame. Imagine what it's like to be so enmeshed in his situation that you're not sure where his path ends and yours begins, or how to separate the two. That describes Anton Winter's life pr...

    Anton Winter has just returned to New York, at the beginning of this novel. He has been in Africa, with the Peace Corps, but a bout of malaria has left him needing to recuperate. Anton?s father, Buddy, is a late night chat show host, who is recovering from a break-down, after walking...

    I may need to give up on historical fiction - I think it just isn't for me. The Dakota Winters has a synopsis that caught my attention, but I struggled to maintain focus. It's very slow-paced with a lot of chatting and name-dropping. I think that this would be a good fit for the ri...

    Very mediocre book. The narrator seems to just be an observer throughout this story of second chances and comeback attempts. Unfortunately, it often seemed that the author didn?t quite know what he wanted the story to ultimately be about. There was a rich opportunity here - the famou...

    I was just little over a year old when John Lennon was killed, and writing this review is it just days after the 38 anniversary of his death. And, this story was extra poignant when you think about how much John Lennon had left to give when his life was cut short. This is a fictional s...

    This is one of my least favorite genres, fictionalized biography. However, I have a special affection for the time span, 1979-80, particularly since I spent much time then in NYC, in love with the worn glamor of the upper west side. Tom Barbash writes well of that era, that place. I re...

    Please please me, oh yeah. ?There was an unwritten code in the Dakota that you made nothing of people?s celebrity and you treated everyone simply as neighbours, and for the most part we did.? Not, as you might suppose, a bleak seasonal tale set in the American Midwest but t...

    ?The Dakota Winters? is a story of historical fame and privilege, told through the eyes of Anton Winter. Anton is the son of Buddy Winter, a famous talk show host who is attempting a comeback after having a breakdown on his own show and simply walking out. The Winter family lives i...

    Halfway through The Dakota Winters, I stopped momentarily and asked myself: what is the key story here? Is it the story of the narrator Anton, who is in danger of being overshadowed by his charismatic and damaged by his late-night talk show host father, Buddy Winters? Or is it a homage...

    A quick, absorbing read at first, and utterly devoid of any significance in the end. Could have been a vapid Vanity Fair article about a tv talk show host in the 1980s living the famed NY apartment complex the Dakota, with its most famous occupant John Lennon and that Yoko in the backg...

    Unexpectedly lovely. This snagged me because of the narrator's voice--it read almost like memoir. For some reason it kept reminding me of Ward Just's An Unfinished Season, even though I read that book ages ago and hardly remember it. It also paired bizarrely well with The Buddha of Sub...

    Visit the locations in the novel - NYC The Dakota Winters is a story of the residents of the famous Dakota building in New York. This of course was the very spot where John Lennon and Yoko lived and where he ultimately died in a tragic shooting. Anton Winter is the narrator o...

    Novel set in and around the Dakota Building NEW YORK 1980 Tom Barbash?s latest novel focuses on a difficult period for the Winters, a family who live in the Dakota, an apartment block in Upper West Side, New York ? hence the title. The Dakota, famously the setting for the...

    Meh. If putting an exclamation mark after ?meh? would reflect extreme indifference and apathy rather than a confusing expression of excitement to a term meant to reflect a feeling of blandness and indifference, then I?d start by saying ?Meh!!? I read this book based on a revi...

    This is one of the most satisfying books I've read in quite a while. I simply devoured it. Who would have thought that a book about the Dakota Apartments could have John Lennon as only a secondary character and still be so enthralling? The novel is really about the Winter family. Bud...

    Anton Winter is the son of a chat show host who has had a spectacular, and very public, breakdown. He narrates the tale of his father rehabilitation alongside that of the Dakota building's most famous resident, John Lennon. Both men are taking a break from their public personas and are...

    Utterly disappointing. This book could have been so much more. Buddy Winters was a complete loser. Then much time is wasted on being on a sea voyage with John Lennon. The beginning of the book was interesting. I would have enjoyed far more detail on the Dakota, perhaps something happen...

    Really enjoyed up to the non-existent ending. At times there needed to be a better setup for scenes that were heavy on the dialog. ...

    Despite what you may think, this is not a tale about hard times on the prairies. The Dakota of the title is the famous Dakota apartment building in New York where celebrities such as John Lennon and Yoko Ono live. The Winters refer to the family of a fictitious celebrity talk show show...

    New York City is going to house in 2018 days offs the house and her children and people going to the school tomorrow morning ...

    This book wasn?t perfect, but it gets the rare 5 stars because it was completely engrossing. There is something a little Catcher in the Rye-ish, except the narrator and main character Anton is older, but still rudderless and anxiety filled. He struggles with being in the shadow of hi...

    I found this one slow but didn?t actually hate it. Not much plot and what there was, was totally predictable. ...

    I've been really struggling to describe why I hated this book. I got it in a Secret Santa scenario, and the cover keeps fooling me into thinking it's the Emperor's Children. I've read like 5 books with this cover wanting it to be The Emperor's Children. It's not. Which is really unfair...

    I usually enjoy historical fiction but this was a bore. To be successful, a good writer of historical fiction has to give you enough details to set the time and place. But this just was a long series of celebrity name-dropping and working historical facts into odd conversations. A walk...

    Bored with this whole story. Didn't finish it. On to better ones ...

    Back when I was young - maybe high school? Maybe college? - I was in a literature class, and we were reading something by Jonathan Swift (as some of you reading this may be aware, trying to think back 30 years or more to what happened in a high school or college class is about as easy ...

    'The Dakota Winters" is a disarmingly artful novel about fame, success, failure, the price of filial devotion, friendship, and personal confusion. The Dakota is a famous apartment building on New York City's West Side (the exterior from "Rosemary's Baby") and Winter is the name of the ...

    Great story about Buddy Winters, a talk show host who is trying to get another show going. He lives at the Dakota and one of his neighbors is John and Yoko. Anyway it focuses on Buddys son also. I have never heard so many celebrity name dropping as in this book. I was 17 in 1980 and re...

    The whole of verbalized human interaction, is a redundancy of self-predicated absurdity, constantly articulated, time-time, again-again. What 1979? NYC, 1977, crazier summer blackout, Son of Sam, graffiti tagged subway trains, get mugged, repeat, Studio 54, cocaine. ...

    I expected to like this book a lot more than I did. I found it a bit hard to get into. The premise is interesting though - the main character is the son of a famous talk show host who has a breakdown and is forced off the air. They live in the famous Dakota apartment building in New Yo...

  • Ethan York
    Jan 28, 2019

    3.5 stars. Imagine what it must be like to have a famous father, and to play a role in his fame. Imagine what it's like to be so enmeshed in his situation that you're not sure where his path ends and yours begins, or how to separate the two. That describes Anton Winter's life pr...

    Anton Winter has just returned to New York, at the beginning of this novel. He has been in Africa, with the Peace Corps, but a bout of malaria has left him needing to recuperate. Anton?s father, Buddy, is a late night chat show host, who is recovering from a break-down, after walking...

    I may need to give up on historical fiction - I think it just isn't for me. The Dakota Winters has a synopsis that caught my attention, but I struggled to maintain focus. It's very slow-paced with a lot of chatting and name-dropping. I think that this would be a good fit for the ri...

    Very mediocre book. The narrator seems to just be an observer throughout this story of second chances and comeback attempts. Unfortunately, it often seemed that the author didn?t quite know what he wanted the story to ultimately be about. There was a rich opportunity here - the famou...

    I was just little over a year old when John Lennon was killed, and writing this review is it just days after the 38 anniversary of his death. And, this story was extra poignant when you think about how much John Lennon had left to give when his life was cut short. This is a fictional s...

    This is one of my least favorite genres, fictionalized biography. However, I have a special affection for the time span, 1979-80, particularly since I spent much time then in NYC, in love with the worn glamor of the upper west side. Tom Barbash writes well of that era, that place. I re...

    Please please me, oh yeah. ?There was an unwritten code in the Dakota that you made nothing of people?s celebrity and you treated everyone simply as neighbours, and for the most part we did.? Not, as you might suppose, a bleak seasonal tale set in the American Midwest but t...

    ?The Dakota Winters? is a story of historical fame and privilege, told through the eyes of Anton Winter. Anton is the son of Buddy Winter, a famous talk show host who is attempting a comeback after having a breakdown on his own show and simply walking out. The Winter family lives i...

    Halfway through The Dakota Winters, I stopped momentarily and asked myself: what is the key story here? Is it the story of the narrator Anton, who is in danger of being overshadowed by his charismatic and damaged by his late-night talk show host father, Buddy Winters? Or is it a homage...

    A quick, absorbing read at first, and utterly devoid of any significance in the end. Could have been a vapid Vanity Fair article about a tv talk show host in the 1980s living the famed NY apartment complex the Dakota, with its most famous occupant John Lennon and that Yoko in the backg...

    Unexpectedly lovely. This snagged me because of the narrator's voice--it read almost like memoir. For some reason it kept reminding me of Ward Just's An Unfinished Season, even though I read that book ages ago and hardly remember it. It also paired bizarrely well with The Buddha of Sub...

    Visit the locations in the novel - NYC The Dakota Winters is a story of the residents of the famous Dakota building in New York. This of course was the very spot where John Lennon and Yoko lived and where he ultimately died in a tragic shooting. Anton Winter is the narrator o...

    Novel set in and around the Dakota Building NEW YORK 1980 Tom Barbash?s latest novel focuses on a difficult period for the Winters, a family who live in the Dakota, an apartment block in Upper West Side, New York ? hence the title. The Dakota, famously the setting for the...

    Meh. If putting an exclamation mark after ?meh? would reflect extreme indifference and apathy rather than a confusing expression of excitement to a term meant to reflect a feeling of blandness and indifference, then I?d start by saying ?Meh!!? I read this book based on a revi...

  • Brooke
    Jan 14, 2019

    3.5 stars. Imagine what it must be like to have a famous father, and to play a role in his fame. Imagine what it's like to be so enmeshed in his situation that you're not sure where his path ends and yours begins, or how to separate the two. That describes Anton Winter's life pr...

    Anton Winter has just returned to New York, at the beginning of this novel. He has been in Africa, with the Peace Corps, but a bout of malaria has left him needing to recuperate. Anton?s father, Buddy, is a late night chat show host, who is recovering from a break-down, after walking...

    I may need to give up on historical fiction - I think it just isn't for me. The Dakota Winters has a synopsis that caught my attention, but I struggled to maintain focus. It's very slow-paced with a lot of chatting and name-dropping. I think that this would be a good fit for the ri...

    Very mediocre book. The narrator seems to just be an observer throughout this story of second chances and comeback attempts. Unfortunately, it often seemed that the author didn?t quite know what he wanted the story to ultimately be about. There was a rich opportunity here - the famou...

    I was just little over a year old when John Lennon was killed, and writing this review is it just days after the 38 anniversary of his death. And, this story was extra poignant when you think about how much John Lennon had left to give when his life was cut short. This is a fictional s...

    This is one of my least favorite genres, fictionalized biography. However, I have a special affection for the time span, 1979-80, particularly since I spent much time then in NYC, in love with the worn glamor of the upper west side. Tom Barbash writes well of that era, that place. I re...

    Please please me, oh yeah. ?There was an unwritten code in the Dakota that you made nothing of people?s celebrity and you treated everyone simply as neighbours, and for the most part we did.? Not, as you might suppose, a bleak seasonal tale set in the American Midwest but t...

    ?The Dakota Winters? is a story of historical fame and privilege, told through the eyes of Anton Winter. Anton is the son of Buddy Winter, a famous talk show host who is attempting a comeback after having a breakdown on his own show and simply walking out. The Winter family lives i...

    Halfway through The Dakota Winters, I stopped momentarily and asked myself: what is the key story here? Is it the story of the narrator Anton, who is in danger of being overshadowed by his charismatic and damaged by his late-night talk show host father, Buddy Winters? Or is it a homage...

    A quick, absorbing read at first, and utterly devoid of any significance in the end. Could have been a vapid Vanity Fair article about a tv talk show host in the 1980s living the famed NY apartment complex the Dakota, with its most famous occupant John Lennon and that Yoko in the backg...

    Unexpectedly lovely. This snagged me because of the narrator's voice--it read almost like memoir. For some reason it kept reminding me of Ward Just's An Unfinished Season, even though I read that book ages ago and hardly remember it. It also paired bizarrely well with The Buddha of Sub...

    Visit the locations in the novel - NYC The Dakota Winters is a story of the residents of the famous Dakota building in New York. This of course was the very spot where John Lennon and Yoko lived and where he ultimately died in a tragic shooting. Anton Winter is the narrator o...

    Novel set in and around the Dakota Building NEW YORK 1980 Tom Barbash?s latest novel focuses on a difficult period for the Winters, a family who live in the Dakota, an apartment block in Upper West Side, New York ? hence the title. The Dakota, famously the setting for the...

    Meh. If putting an exclamation mark after ?meh? would reflect extreme indifference and apathy rather than a confusing expression of excitement to a term meant to reflect a feeling of blandness and indifference, then I?d start by saying ?Meh!!? I read this book based on a revi...

    This is one of the most satisfying books I've read in quite a while. I simply devoured it. Who would have thought that a book about the Dakota Apartments could have John Lennon as only a secondary character and still be so enthralling? The novel is really about the Winter family. Bud...

    Anton Winter is the son of a chat show host who has had a spectacular, and very public, breakdown. He narrates the tale of his father rehabilitation alongside that of the Dakota building's most famous resident, John Lennon. Both men are taking a break from their public personas and are...

    Utterly disappointing. This book could have been so much more. Buddy Winters was a complete loser. Then much time is wasted on being on a sea voyage with John Lennon. The beginning of the book was interesting. I would have enjoyed far more detail on the Dakota, perhaps something happen...

    Really enjoyed up to the non-existent ending. At times there needed to be a better setup for scenes that were heavy on the dialog. ...

    Despite what you may think, this is not a tale about hard times on the prairies. The Dakota of the title is the famous Dakota apartment building in New York where celebrities such as John Lennon and Yoko Ono live. The Winters refer to the family of a fictitious celebrity talk show show...

    New York City is going to house in 2018 days offs the house and her children and people going to the school tomorrow morning ...

    This book wasn?t perfect, but it gets the rare 5 stars because it was completely engrossing. There is something a little Catcher in the Rye-ish, except the narrator and main character Anton is older, but still rudderless and anxiety filled. He struggles with being in the shadow of hi...

    I found this one slow but didn?t actually hate it. Not much plot and what there was, was totally predictable. ...

    I've been really struggling to describe why I hated this book. I got it in a Secret Santa scenario, and the cover keeps fooling me into thinking it's the Emperor's Children. I've read like 5 books with this cover wanting it to be The Emperor's Children. It's not. Which is really unfair...

    I usually enjoy historical fiction but this was a bore. To be successful, a good writer of historical fiction has to give you enough details to set the time and place. But this just was a long series of celebrity name-dropping and working historical facts into odd conversations. A walk...

  • Bill Buckley
    Feb 02, 2019

    3.5 stars. Imagine what it must be like to have a famous father, and to play a role in his fame. Imagine what it's like to be so enmeshed in his situation that you're not sure where his path ends and yours begins, or how to separate the two. That describes Anton Winter's life pr...

    Anton Winter has just returned to New York, at the beginning of this novel. He has been in Africa, with the Peace Corps, but a bout of malaria has left him needing to recuperate. Anton?s father, Buddy, is a late night chat show host, who is recovering from a break-down, after walking...

    I may need to give up on historical fiction - I think it just isn't for me. The Dakota Winters has a synopsis that caught my attention, but I struggled to maintain focus. It's very slow-paced with a lot of chatting and name-dropping. I think that this would be a good fit for the ri...

    Very mediocre book. The narrator seems to just be an observer throughout this story of second chances and comeback attempts. Unfortunately, it often seemed that the author didn?t quite know what he wanted the story to ultimately be about. There was a rich opportunity here - the famou...

    I was just little over a year old when John Lennon was killed, and writing this review is it just days after the 38 anniversary of his death. And, this story was extra poignant when you think about how much John Lennon had left to give when his life was cut short. This is a fictional s...

    This is one of my least favorite genres, fictionalized biography. However, I have a special affection for the time span, 1979-80, particularly since I spent much time then in NYC, in love with the worn glamor of the upper west side. Tom Barbash writes well of that era, that place. I re...

    Please please me, oh yeah. ?There was an unwritten code in the Dakota that you made nothing of people?s celebrity and you treated everyone simply as neighbours, and for the most part we did.? Not, as you might suppose, a bleak seasonal tale set in the American Midwest but t...

    ?The Dakota Winters? is a story of historical fame and privilege, told through the eyes of Anton Winter. Anton is the son of Buddy Winter, a famous talk show host who is attempting a comeback after having a breakdown on his own show and simply walking out. The Winter family lives i...

    Halfway through The Dakota Winters, I stopped momentarily and asked myself: what is the key story here? Is it the story of the narrator Anton, who is in danger of being overshadowed by his charismatic and damaged by his late-night talk show host father, Buddy Winters? Or is it a homage...

    A quick, absorbing read at first, and utterly devoid of any significance in the end. Could have been a vapid Vanity Fair article about a tv talk show host in the 1980s living the famed NY apartment complex the Dakota, with its most famous occupant John Lennon and that Yoko in the backg...

    Unexpectedly lovely. This snagged me because of the narrator's voice--it read almost like memoir. For some reason it kept reminding me of Ward Just's An Unfinished Season, even though I read that book ages ago and hardly remember it. It also paired bizarrely well with The Buddha of Sub...

    Visit the locations in the novel - NYC The Dakota Winters is a story of the residents of the famous Dakota building in New York. This of course was the very spot where John Lennon and Yoko lived and where he ultimately died in a tragic shooting. Anton Winter is the narrator o...

    Novel set in and around the Dakota Building NEW YORK 1980 Tom Barbash?s latest novel focuses on a difficult period for the Winters, a family who live in the Dakota, an apartment block in Upper West Side, New York ? hence the title. The Dakota, famously the setting for the...

    Meh. If putting an exclamation mark after ?meh? would reflect extreme indifference and apathy rather than a confusing expression of excitement to a term meant to reflect a feeling of blandness and indifference, then I?d start by saying ?Meh!!? I read this book based on a revi...

    This is one of the most satisfying books I've read in quite a while. I simply devoured it. Who would have thought that a book about the Dakota Apartments could have John Lennon as only a secondary character and still be so enthralling? The novel is really about the Winter family. Bud...

    Anton Winter is the son of a chat show host who has had a spectacular, and very public, breakdown. He narrates the tale of his father rehabilitation alongside that of the Dakota building's most famous resident, John Lennon. Both men are taking a break from their public personas and are...

    Utterly disappointing. This book could have been so much more. Buddy Winters was a complete loser. Then much time is wasted on being on a sea voyage with John Lennon. The beginning of the book was interesting. I would have enjoyed far more detail on the Dakota, perhaps something happen...

    Really enjoyed up to the non-existent ending. At times there needed to be a better setup for scenes that were heavy on the dialog. ...

    Despite what you may think, this is not a tale about hard times on the prairies. The Dakota of the title is the famous Dakota apartment building in New York where celebrities such as John Lennon and Yoko Ono live. The Winters refer to the family of a fictitious celebrity talk show show...

    New York City is going to house in 2018 days offs the house and her children and people going to the school tomorrow morning ...

    This book wasn?t perfect, but it gets the rare 5 stars because it was completely engrossing. There is something a little Catcher in the Rye-ish, except the narrator and main character Anton is older, but still rudderless and anxiety filled. He struggles with being in the shadow of hi...

    I found this one slow but didn?t actually hate it. Not much plot and what there was, was totally predictable. ...

    I've been really struggling to describe why I hated this book. I got it in a Secret Santa scenario, and the cover keeps fooling me into thinking it's the Emperor's Children. I've read like 5 books with this cover wanting it to be The Emperor's Children. It's not. Which is really unfair...

    I usually enjoy historical fiction but this was a bore. To be successful, a good writer of historical fiction has to give you enough details to set the time and place. But this just was a long series of celebrity name-dropping and working historical facts into odd conversations. A walk...

    Bored with this whole story. Didn't finish it. On to better ones ...

    Back when I was young - maybe high school? Maybe college? - I was in a literature class, and we were reading something by Jonathan Swift (as some of you reading this may be aware, trying to think back 30 years or more to what happened in a high school or college class is about as easy ...

    'The Dakota Winters" is a disarmingly artful novel about fame, success, failure, the price of filial devotion, friendship, and personal confusion. The Dakota is a famous apartment building on New York City's West Side (the exterior from "Rosemary's Baby") and Winter is the name of the ...

    Great story about Buddy Winters, a talk show host who is trying to get another show going. He lives at the Dakota and one of his neighbors is John and Yoko. Anyway it focuses on Buddys son also. I have never heard so many celebrity name dropping as in this book. I was 17 in 1980 and re...

  • Pablo V
    Feb 24, 2019

    3.5 stars. Imagine what it must be like to have a famous father, and to play a role in his fame. Imagine what it's like to be so enmeshed in his situation that you're not sure where his path ends and yours begins, or how to separate the two. That describes Anton Winter's life pr...

    Anton Winter has just returned to New York, at the beginning of this novel. He has been in Africa, with the Peace Corps, but a bout of malaria has left him needing to recuperate. Anton?s father, Buddy, is a late night chat show host, who is recovering from a break-down, after walking...

    I may need to give up on historical fiction - I think it just isn't for me. The Dakota Winters has a synopsis that caught my attention, but I struggled to maintain focus. It's very slow-paced with a lot of chatting and name-dropping. I think that this would be a good fit for the ri...

    Very mediocre book. The narrator seems to just be an observer throughout this story of second chances and comeback attempts. Unfortunately, it often seemed that the author didn?t quite know what he wanted the story to ultimately be about. There was a rich opportunity here - the famou...

    I was just little over a year old when John Lennon was killed, and writing this review is it just days after the 38 anniversary of his death. And, this story was extra poignant when you think about how much John Lennon had left to give when his life was cut short. This is a fictional s...

    This is one of my least favorite genres, fictionalized biography. However, I have a special affection for the time span, 1979-80, particularly since I spent much time then in NYC, in love with the worn glamor of the upper west side. Tom Barbash writes well of that era, that place. I re...

    Please please me, oh yeah. ?There was an unwritten code in the Dakota that you made nothing of people?s celebrity and you treated everyone simply as neighbours, and for the most part we did.? Not, as you might suppose, a bleak seasonal tale set in the American Midwest but t...

    ?The Dakota Winters? is a story of historical fame and privilege, told through the eyes of Anton Winter. Anton is the son of Buddy Winter, a famous talk show host who is attempting a comeback after having a breakdown on his own show and simply walking out. The Winter family lives i...

    Halfway through The Dakota Winters, I stopped momentarily and asked myself: what is the key story here? Is it the story of the narrator Anton, who is in danger of being overshadowed by his charismatic and damaged by his late-night talk show host father, Buddy Winters? Or is it a homage...

    A quick, absorbing read at first, and utterly devoid of any significance in the end. Could have been a vapid Vanity Fair article about a tv talk show host in the 1980s living the famed NY apartment complex the Dakota, with its most famous occupant John Lennon and that Yoko in the backg...

    Unexpectedly lovely. This snagged me because of the narrator's voice--it read almost like memoir. For some reason it kept reminding me of Ward Just's An Unfinished Season, even though I read that book ages ago and hardly remember it. It also paired bizarrely well with The Buddha of Sub...

    Visit the locations in the novel - NYC The Dakota Winters is a story of the residents of the famous Dakota building in New York. This of course was the very spot where John Lennon and Yoko lived and where he ultimately died in a tragic shooting. Anton Winter is the narrator o...

    Novel set in and around the Dakota Building NEW YORK 1980 Tom Barbash?s latest novel focuses on a difficult period for the Winters, a family who live in the Dakota, an apartment block in Upper West Side, New York ? hence the title. The Dakota, famously the setting for the...

    Meh. If putting an exclamation mark after ?meh? would reflect extreme indifference and apathy rather than a confusing expression of excitement to a term meant to reflect a feeling of blandness and indifference, then I?d start by saying ?Meh!!? I read this book based on a revi...

    This is one of the most satisfying books I've read in quite a while. I simply devoured it. Who would have thought that a book about the Dakota Apartments could have John Lennon as only a secondary character and still be so enthralling? The novel is really about the Winter family. Bud...

    Anton Winter is the son of a chat show host who has had a spectacular, and very public, breakdown. He narrates the tale of his father rehabilitation alongside that of the Dakota building's most famous resident, John Lennon. Both men are taking a break from their public personas and are...

    Utterly disappointing. This book could have been so much more. Buddy Winters was a complete loser. Then much time is wasted on being on a sea voyage with John Lennon. The beginning of the book was interesting. I would have enjoyed far more detail on the Dakota, perhaps something happen...

    Really enjoyed up to the non-existent ending. At times there needed to be a better setup for scenes that were heavy on the dialog. ...

    Despite what you may think, this is not a tale about hard times on the prairies. The Dakota of the title is the famous Dakota apartment building in New York where celebrities such as John Lennon and Yoko Ono live. The Winters refer to the family of a fictitious celebrity talk show show...

    New York City is going to house in 2018 days offs the house and her children and people going to the school tomorrow morning ...