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

  • Beth
    Jul 15, 2018

    The Dakota Winters by Tom Barbash is a 2019 Ecco publication. Melancholy, offbeat, humorous, nostalgic and quirky!! For some reason, when I added this book, I thought it was a non-fiction book about the Dakota apartments written by a real- life resident telling stories about hi...

    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...

    In 1979, Anton, the son of a late night talk show host returns from Africa to his family home at the Dakota to recover from Malaria. Prior to his stint in the Peace Corps, his depressed father detonates his career by walking off the set mid-show and travels to parts unknown to find him...

    "There are places I remember, all my life though some have changed Some forever not for better, some have gone and some remain All these places have their moments, with lovers and friends I still can recall . . ." -- John Lennon, "In My Life" (The Beatles' Rubber Soul, 1965) Tom...

    Audiobook....narrated by Jim Meskimen I absolutely loved every minute spent listening to Tom Barbash?s novel. I read his collection of short stories, ?Stay Up With Me?, years ago - and honestly thought - and still think - they were one of the best collection of short storie...

    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...

    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...

    Loved it. LOVED. IT. ...

    ?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...

    The Comeback Kids... It?s 1979, and Anton Winter has returned to his parents? home in New york after a spell with the Peace Corps in Gabon which came to an abrupt end when Anton nearly died of malaria. As he recovers, he draws closer to his father, Buddy, who is also recovering,...

    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...

    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...

  • Elyse Walters
    May 15, 2019

    The Dakota Winters by Tom Barbash is a 2019 Ecco publication. Melancholy, offbeat, humorous, nostalgic and quirky!! For some reason, when I added this book, I thought it was a non-fiction book about the Dakota apartments written by a real- life resident telling stories about hi...

    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...

    In 1979, Anton, the son of a late night talk show host returns from Africa to his family home at the Dakota to recover from Malaria. Prior to his stint in the Peace Corps, his depressed father detonates his career by walking off the set mid-show and travels to parts unknown to find him...

    "There are places I remember, all my life though some have changed Some forever not for better, some have gone and some remain All these places have their moments, with lovers and friends I still can recall . . ." -- John Lennon, "In My Life" (The Beatles' Rubber Soul, 1965) Tom...

    Audiobook....narrated by Jim Meskimen I absolutely loved every minute spent listening to Tom Barbash?s novel. I read his collection of short stories, ?Stay Up With Me?, years ago - and honestly thought - and still think - they were one of the best collection of short storie...

  • Kathleen
    Dec 21, 2018

    The Dakota Winters by Tom Barbash is a 2019 Ecco publication. Melancholy, offbeat, humorous, nostalgic and quirky!! For some reason, when I added this book, I thought it was a non-fiction book about the Dakota apartments written by a real- life resident telling stories about hi...

    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...

    In 1979, Anton, the son of a late night talk show host returns from Africa to his family home at the Dakota to recover from Malaria. Prior to his stint in the Peace Corps, his depressed father detonates his career by walking off the set mid-show and travels to parts unknown to find him...

    "There are places I remember, all my life though some have changed Some forever not for better, some have gone and some remain All these places have their moments, with lovers and friends I still can recall . . ." -- John Lennon, "In My Life" (The Beatles' Rubber Soul, 1965) Tom...

    Audiobook....narrated by Jim Meskimen I absolutely loved every minute spent listening to Tom Barbash?s novel. I read his collection of short stories, ?Stay Up With Me?, years ago - and honestly thought - and still think - they were one of the best collection of short storie...

    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...

    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...

    Loved it. LOVED. IT. ...

    ?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...

    The Comeback Kids... It?s 1979, and Anton Winter has returned to his parents? home in New york after a spell with the Peace Corps in Gabon which came to an abrupt end when Anton nearly died of malaria. As he recovers, he draws closer to his father, Buddy, who is also recovering,...

    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...

    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...

    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

    The Dakota Winters by Tom Barbash is a 2019 Ecco publication. Melancholy, offbeat, humorous, nostalgic and quirky!! For some reason, when I added this book, I thought it was a non-fiction book about the Dakota apartments written by a real- life resident telling stories about hi...

    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...

    In 1979, Anton, the son of a late night talk show host returns from Africa to his family home at the Dakota to recover from Malaria. Prior to his stint in the Peace Corps, his depressed father detonates his career by walking off the set mid-show and travels to parts unknown to find him...

    "There are places I remember, all my life though some have changed Some forever not for better, some have gone and some remain All these places have their moments, with lovers and friends I still can recall . . ." -- John Lennon, "In My Life" (The Beatles' Rubber Soul, 1965) Tom...

    Audiobook....narrated by Jim Meskimen I absolutely loved every minute spent listening to Tom Barbash?s novel. I read his collection of short stories, ?Stay Up With Me?, years ago - and honestly thought - and still think - they were one of the best collection of short storie...

    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

    The Dakota Winters by Tom Barbash is a 2019 Ecco publication. Melancholy, offbeat, humorous, nostalgic and quirky!! For some reason, when I added this book, I thought it was a non-fiction book about the Dakota apartments written by a real- life resident telling stories about hi...

    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...

    In 1979, Anton, the son of a late night talk show host returns from Africa to his family home at the Dakota to recover from Malaria. Prior to his stint in the Peace Corps, his depressed father detonates his career by walking off the set mid-show and travels to parts unknown to find him...

    "There are places I remember, all my life though some have changed Some forever not for better, some have gone and some remain All these places have their moments, with lovers and friends I still can recall . . ." -- John Lennon, "In My Life" (The Beatles' Rubber Soul, 1965) Tom...

    Audiobook....narrated by Jim Meskimen I absolutely loved every minute spent listening to Tom Barbash?s novel. I read his collection of short stories, ?Stay Up With Me?, years ago - and honestly thought - and still think - they were one of the best collection of short storie...

    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...

  • Jill
    Dec 20, 2018

    The Dakota Winters by Tom Barbash is a 2019 Ecco publication. Melancholy, offbeat, humorous, nostalgic and quirky!! For some reason, when I added this book, I thought it was a non-fiction book about the Dakota apartments written by a real- life resident telling stories about hi...

    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...

    In 1979, Anton, the son of a late night talk show host returns from Africa to his family home at the Dakota to recover from Malaria. Prior to his stint in the Peace Corps, his depressed father detonates his career by walking off the set mid-show and travels to parts unknown to find him...

    "There are places I remember, all my life though some have changed Some forever not for better, some have gone and some remain All these places have their moments, with lovers and friends I still can recall . . ." -- John Lennon, "In My Life" (The Beatles' Rubber Soul, 1965) Tom...

    Audiobook....narrated by Jim Meskimen I absolutely loved every minute spent listening to Tom Barbash?s novel. I read his collection of short stories, ?Stay Up With Me?, years ago - and honestly thought - and still think - they were one of the best collection of short storie...

    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...

    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

    The Dakota Winters by Tom Barbash is a 2019 Ecco publication. Melancholy, offbeat, humorous, nostalgic and quirky!! For some reason, when I added this book, I thought it was a non-fiction book about the Dakota apartments written by a real- life resident telling stories about hi...

    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...

    In 1979, Anton, the son of a late night talk show host returns from Africa to his family home at the Dakota to recover from Malaria. Prior to his stint in the Peace Corps, his depressed father detonates his career by walking off the set mid-show and travels to parts unknown to find him...

    "There are places I remember, all my life though some have changed Some forever not for better, some have gone and some remain All these places have their moments, with lovers and friends I still can recall . . ." -- John Lennon, "In My Life" (The Beatles' Rubber Soul, 1965) Tom...

    Audiobook....narrated by Jim Meskimen I absolutely loved every minute spent listening to Tom Barbash?s novel. I read his collection of short stories, ?Stay Up With Me?, years ago - and honestly thought - and still think - they were one of the best collection of short storie...

    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...

  • Patty Shlonsky
    Oct 29, 2018

    The Dakota Winters by Tom Barbash is a 2019 Ecco publication. Melancholy, offbeat, humorous, nostalgic and quirky!! For some reason, when I added this book, I thought it was a non-fiction book about the Dakota apartments written by a real- life resident telling stories about hi...

    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...

    In 1979, Anton, the son of a late night talk show host returns from Africa to his family home at the Dakota to recover from Malaria. Prior to his stint in the Peace Corps, his depressed father detonates his career by walking off the set mid-show and travels to parts unknown to find him...

    "There are places I remember, all my life though some have changed Some forever not for better, some have gone and some remain All these places have their moments, with lovers and friends I still can recall . . ." -- John Lennon, "In My Life" (The Beatles' Rubber Soul, 1965) Tom...

    Audiobook....narrated by Jim Meskimen I absolutely loved every minute spent listening to Tom Barbash?s novel. I read his collection of short stories, ?Stay Up With Me?, years ago - and honestly thought - and still think - they were one of the best collection of short storie...

    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...

    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...

    Loved it. LOVED. IT. ...

    ?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...

  • Jill Stevenson
    Apr 10, 2019

    The Dakota Winters by Tom Barbash is a 2019 Ecco publication. Melancholy, offbeat, humorous, nostalgic and quirky!! For some reason, when I added this book, I thought it was a non-fiction book about the Dakota apartments written by a real- life resident telling stories about hi...

    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...

    In 1979, Anton, the son of a late night talk show host returns from Africa to his family home at the Dakota to recover from Malaria. Prior to his stint in the Peace Corps, his depressed father detonates his career by walking off the set mid-show and travels to parts unknown to find him...

    "There are places I remember, all my life though some have changed Some forever not for better, some have gone and some remain All these places have their moments, with lovers and friends I still can recall . . ." -- John Lennon, "In My Life" (The Beatles' Rubber Soul, 1965) Tom...

    Audiobook....narrated by Jim Meskimen I absolutely loved every minute spent listening to Tom Barbash?s novel. I read his collection of short stories, ?Stay Up With Me?, years ago - and honestly thought - and still think - they were one of the best collection of short storie...

    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...

    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...

    Loved it. LOVED. IT. ...

    ?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...

    The Comeback Kids... It?s 1979, and Anton Winter has returned to his parents? home in New york after a spell with the Peace Corps in Gabon which came to an abrupt end when Anton nearly died of malaria. As he recovers, he draws closer to his father, Buddy, who is also recovering,...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    I found this one a bit underwhelming. It was fine and easily listenable but there was nothing that drew me in and sadly I don't think this book will be particularly memorable. The only section that was compelling was when the main character is on a sailboat in a huge storm. Since John ...

    I really enjoyed this book. Even though I knew the ending of one of the story lines, I read along hoping it would change. I remember the heartbreak of that December and how the world felt so broken. Nice writing Mr Barbash. ...

  • Gary Branson
    Dec 17, 2018

    The Dakota Winters by Tom Barbash is a 2019 Ecco publication. Melancholy, offbeat, humorous, nostalgic and quirky!! For some reason, when I added this book, I thought it was a non-fiction book about the Dakota apartments written by a real- life resident telling stories about hi...

    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...

    In 1979, Anton, the son of a late night talk show host returns from Africa to his family home at the Dakota to recover from Malaria. Prior to his stint in the Peace Corps, his depressed father detonates his career by walking off the set mid-show and travels to parts unknown to find him...

    "There are places I remember, all my life though some have changed Some forever not for better, some have gone and some remain All these places have their moments, with lovers and friends I still can recall . . ." -- John Lennon, "In My Life" (The Beatles' Rubber Soul, 1965) Tom...

    Audiobook....narrated by Jim Meskimen I absolutely loved every minute spent listening to Tom Barbash?s novel. I read his collection of short stories, ?Stay Up With Me?, years ago - and honestly thought - and still think - they were one of the best collection of short storie...

    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...

    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...

    Loved it. LOVED. IT. ...

    ?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...

    The Comeback Kids... It?s 1979, and Anton Winter has returned to his parents? home in New york after a spell with the Peace Corps in Gabon which came to an abrupt end when Anton nearly died of malaria. As he recovers, he draws closer to his father, Buddy, who is also recovering,...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

  • Beth Farley
    May 10, 2019

    The Dakota Winters by Tom Barbash is a 2019 Ecco publication. Melancholy, offbeat, humorous, nostalgic and quirky!! For some reason, when I added this book, I thought it was a non-fiction book about the Dakota apartments written by a real- life resident telling stories about hi...

    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...

    In 1979, Anton, the son of a late night talk show host returns from Africa to his family home at the Dakota to recover from Malaria. Prior to his stint in the Peace Corps, his depressed father detonates his career by walking off the set mid-show and travels to parts unknown to find him...

    "There are places I remember, all my life though some have changed Some forever not for better, some have gone and some remain All these places have their moments, with lovers and friends I still can recall . . ." -- John Lennon, "In My Life" (The Beatles' Rubber Soul, 1965) Tom...

    Audiobook....narrated by Jim Meskimen I absolutely loved every minute spent listening to Tom Barbash?s novel. I read his collection of short stories, ?Stay Up With Me?, years ago - and honestly thought - and still think - they were one of the best collection of short storie...

    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...

    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...

    Loved it. LOVED. IT. ...

    ?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...

    The Comeback Kids... It?s 1979, and Anton Winter has returned to his parents? home in New york after a spell with the Peace Corps in Gabon which came to an abrupt end when Anton nearly died of malaria. As he recovers, he draws closer to his father, Buddy, who is also recovering,...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    I found this one a bit underwhelming. It was fine and easily listenable but there was nothing that drew me in and sadly I don't think this book will be particularly memorable. The only section that was compelling was when the main character is on a sailboat in a huge storm. Since John ...

    I really enjoyed this book. Even though I knew the ending of one of the story lines, I read along hoping it would change. I remember the heartbreak of that December and how the world felt so broken. Nice writing Mr Barbash. ...

    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...

    Came for the intriguing premise, stayed for the Beatles and movie references. A book very much about the trials and tribulations of celebrity I think. ...

  • Sarah
    Aug 14, 2018

    The Dakota Winters by Tom Barbash is a 2019 Ecco publication. Melancholy, offbeat, humorous, nostalgic and quirky!! For some reason, when I added this book, I thought it was a non-fiction book about the Dakota apartments written by a real- life resident telling stories about hi...

    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...

    In 1979, Anton, the son of a late night talk show host returns from Africa to his family home at the Dakota to recover from Malaria. Prior to his stint in the Peace Corps, his depressed father detonates his career by walking off the set mid-show and travels to parts unknown to find him...

    "There are places I remember, all my life though some have changed Some forever not for better, some have gone and some remain All these places have their moments, with lovers and friends I still can recall . . ." -- John Lennon, "In My Life" (The Beatles' Rubber Soul, 1965) Tom...

    Audiobook....narrated by Jim Meskimen I absolutely loved every minute spent listening to Tom Barbash?s novel. I read his collection of short stories, ?Stay Up With Me?, years ago - and honestly thought - and still think - they were one of the best collection of short storie...

    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...

    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...

    Loved it. LOVED. IT. ...

    ?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...

    The Comeback Kids... It?s 1979, and Anton Winter has returned to his parents? home in New york after a spell with the Peace Corps in Gabon which came to an abrupt end when Anton nearly died of malaria. As he recovers, he draws closer to his father, Buddy, who is also recovering,...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Julie
    Apr 22, 2019

    The Dakota Winters by Tom Barbash is a 2019 Ecco publication. Melancholy, offbeat, humorous, nostalgic and quirky!! For some reason, when I added this book, I thought it was a non-fiction book about the Dakota apartments written by a real- life resident telling stories about hi...

  • Heather Mize
    Jan 05, 2019

    The Dakota Winters by Tom Barbash is a 2019 Ecco publication. Melancholy, offbeat, humorous, nostalgic and quirky!! For some reason, when I added this book, I thought it was a non-fiction book about the Dakota apartments written by a real- life resident telling stories about hi...

    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...

    In 1979, Anton, the son of a late night talk show host returns from Africa to his family home at the Dakota to recover from Malaria. Prior to his stint in the Peace Corps, his depressed father detonates his career by walking off the set mid-show and travels to parts unknown to find him...

    "There are places I remember, all my life though some have changed Some forever not for better, some have gone and some remain All these places have their moments, with lovers and friends I still can recall . . ." -- John Lennon, "In My Life" (The Beatles' Rubber Soul, 1965) Tom...

    Audiobook....narrated by Jim Meskimen I absolutely loved every minute spent listening to Tom Barbash?s novel. I read his collection of short stories, ?Stay Up With Me?, years ago - and honestly thought - and still think - they were one of the best collection of short storie...

    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...

    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...

    Loved it. LOVED. IT. ...

    ?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...

    The Comeback Kids... It?s 1979, and Anton Winter has returned to his parents? home in New york after a spell with the Peace Corps in Gabon which came to an abrupt end when Anton nearly died of malaria. As he recovers, he draws closer to his father, Buddy, who is also recovering,...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    I found this one a bit underwhelming. It was fine and easily listenable but there was nothing that drew me in and sadly I don't think this book will be particularly memorable. The only section that was compelling was when the main character is on a sailboat in a huge storm. Since John ...

    I really enjoyed this book. Even though I knew the ending of one of the story lines, I read along hoping it would change. I remember the heartbreak of that December and how the world felt so broken. Nice writing Mr Barbash. ...

    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...

    Came for the intriguing premise, stayed for the Beatles and movie references. A book very much about the trials and tribulations of celebrity I think. ...

    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

    The Dakota Winters by Tom Barbash is a 2019 Ecco publication. Melancholy, offbeat, humorous, nostalgic and quirky!! For some reason, when I added this book, I thought it was a non-fiction book about the Dakota apartments written by a real- life resident telling stories about hi...

    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...

    In 1979, Anton, the son of a late night talk show host returns from Africa to his family home at the Dakota to recover from Malaria. Prior to his stint in the Peace Corps, his depressed father detonates his career by walking off the set mid-show and travels to parts unknown to find him...

    "There are places I remember, all my life though some have changed Some forever not for better, some have gone and some remain All these places have their moments, with lovers and friends I still can recall . . ." -- John Lennon, "In My Life" (The Beatles' Rubber Soul, 1965) Tom...

    Audiobook....narrated by Jim Meskimen I absolutely loved every minute spent listening to Tom Barbash?s novel. I read his collection of short stories, ?Stay Up With Me?, years ago - and honestly thought - and still think - they were one of the best collection of short storie...

    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

    The Dakota Winters by Tom Barbash is a 2019 Ecco publication. Melancholy, offbeat, humorous, nostalgic and quirky!! For some reason, when I added this book, I thought it was a non-fiction book about the Dakota apartments written by a real- life resident telling stories about hi...

    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...

  • Suanne Laqueur
    Apr 14, 2019

    The Dakota Winters by Tom Barbash is a 2019 Ecco publication. Melancholy, offbeat, humorous, nostalgic and quirky!! For some reason, when I added this book, I thought it was a non-fiction book about the Dakota apartments written by a real- life resident telling stories about hi...

    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...

    In 1979, Anton, the son of a late night talk show host returns from Africa to his family home at the Dakota to recover from Malaria. Prior to his stint in the Peace Corps, his depressed father detonates his career by walking off the set mid-show and travels to parts unknown to find him...

    "There are places I remember, all my life though some have changed Some forever not for better, some have gone and some remain All these places have their moments, with lovers and friends I still can recall . . ." -- John Lennon, "In My Life" (The Beatles' Rubber Soul, 1965) Tom...

    Audiobook....narrated by Jim Meskimen I absolutely loved every minute spent listening to Tom Barbash?s novel. I read his collection of short stories, ?Stay Up With Me?, years ago - and honestly thought - and still think - they were one of the best collection of short storie...

    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...

    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...

    Loved it. LOVED. IT. ...

  • Toto
    Dec 21, 2018

    The Dakota Winters by Tom Barbash is a 2019 Ecco publication. Melancholy, offbeat, humorous, nostalgic and quirky!! For some reason, when I added this book, I thought it was a non-fiction book about the Dakota apartments written by a real- life resident telling stories about hi...

    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...

    In 1979, Anton, the son of a late night talk show host returns from Africa to his family home at the Dakota to recover from Malaria. Prior to his stint in the Peace Corps, his depressed father detonates his career by walking off the set mid-show and travels to parts unknown to find him...

    "There are places I remember, all my life though some have changed Some forever not for better, some have gone and some remain All these places have their moments, with lovers and friends I still can recall . . ." -- John Lennon, "In My Life" (The Beatles' Rubber Soul, 1965) Tom...

    Audiobook....narrated by Jim Meskimen I absolutely loved every minute spent listening to Tom Barbash?s novel. I read his collection of short stories, ?Stay Up With Me?, years ago - and honestly thought - and still think - they were one of the best collection of short storie...

    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...

    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

    The Dakota Winters by Tom Barbash is a 2019 Ecco publication. Melancholy, offbeat, humorous, nostalgic and quirky!! For some reason, when I added this book, I thought it was a non-fiction book about the Dakota apartments written by a real- life resident telling stories about hi...

    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...

    In 1979, Anton, the son of a late night talk show host returns from Africa to his family home at the Dakota to recover from Malaria. Prior to his stint in the Peace Corps, his depressed father detonates his career by walking off the set mid-show and travels to parts unknown to find him...

    "There are places I remember, all my life though some have changed Some forever not for better, some have gone and some remain All these places have their moments, with lovers and friends I still can recall . . ." -- John Lennon, "In My Life" (The Beatles' Rubber Soul, 1965) Tom...

    Audiobook....narrated by Jim Meskimen I absolutely loved every minute spent listening to Tom Barbash?s novel. I read his collection of short stories, ?Stay Up With Me?, years ago - and honestly thought - and still think - they were one of the best collection of short storie...

    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...

  • SueKich
    Dec 02, 2018

    The Dakota Winters by Tom Barbash is a 2019 Ecco publication. Melancholy, offbeat, humorous, nostalgic and quirky!! For some reason, when I added this book, I thought it was a non-fiction book about the Dakota apartments written by a real- life resident telling stories about hi...

    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...

    In 1979, Anton, the son of a late night talk show host returns from Africa to his family home at the Dakota to recover from Malaria. Prior to his stint in the Peace Corps, his depressed father detonates his career by walking off the set mid-show and travels to parts unknown to find him...

    "There are places I remember, all my life though some have changed Some forever not for better, some have gone and some remain All these places have their moments, with lovers and friends I still can recall . . ." -- John Lennon, "In My Life" (The Beatles' Rubber Soul, 1965) Tom...

    Audiobook....narrated by Jim Meskimen I absolutely loved every minute spent listening to Tom Barbash?s novel. I read his collection of short stories, ?Stay Up With Me?, years ago - and honestly thought - and still think - they were one of the best collection of short storie...

    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...

  • Leah
    Mar 21, 2019

    The Dakota Winters by Tom Barbash is a 2019 Ecco publication. Melancholy, offbeat, humorous, nostalgic and quirky!! For some reason, when I added this book, I thought it was a non-fiction book about the Dakota apartments written by a real- life resident telling stories about hi...

    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...

    In 1979, Anton, the son of a late night talk show host returns from Africa to his family home at the Dakota to recover from Malaria. Prior to his stint in the Peace Corps, his depressed father detonates his career by walking off the set mid-show and travels to parts unknown to find him...

    "There are places I remember, all my life though some have changed Some forever not for better, some have gone and some remain All these places have their moments, with lovers and friends I still can recall . . ." -- John Lennon, "In My Life" (The Beatles' Rubber Soul, 1965) Tom...

    Audiobook....narrated by Jim Meskimen I absolutely loved every minute spent listening to Tom Barbash?s novel. I read his collection of short stories, ?Stay Up With Me?, years ago - and honestly thought - and still think - they were one of the best collection of short storie...

    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...

    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...

    Loved it. LOVED. IT. ...

    ?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...

    The Comeback Kids... It?s 1979, and Anton Winter has returned to his parents? home in New york after a spell with the Peace Corps in Gabon which came to an abrupt end when Anton nearly died of malaria. As he recovers, he draws closer to his father, Buddy, who is also recovering,...

  • Joanne
    Feb 19, 2019

    The Dakota Winters by Tom Barbash is a 2019 Ecco publication. Melancholy, offbeat, humorous, nostalgic and quirky!! For some reason, when I added this book, I thought it was a non-fiction book about the Dakota apartments written by a real- life resident telling stories about hi...

    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...

    In 1979, Anton, the son of a late night talk show host returns from Africa to his family home at the Dakota to recover from Malaria. Prior to his stint in the Peace Corps, his depressed father detonates his career by walking off the set mid-show and travels to parts unknown to find him...

    "There are places I remember, all my life though some have changed Some forever not for better, some have gone and some remain All these places have their moments, with lovers and friends I still can recall . . ." -- John Lennon, "In My Life" (The Beatles' Rubber Soul, 1965) Tom...

    Audiobook....narrated by Jim Meskimen I absolutely loved every minute spent listening to Tom Barbash?s novel. I read his collection of short stories, ?Stay Up With Me?, years ago - and honestly thought - and still think - they were one of the best collection of short storie...

    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...

    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...

    Loved it. LOVED. IT. ...

    ?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...

    The Comeback Kids... It?s 1979, and Anton Winter has returned to his parents? home in New york after a spell with the Peace Corps in Gabon which came to an abrupt end when Anton nearly died of malaria. As he recovers, he draws closer to his father, Buddy, who is also recovering,...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Susan
    Apr 06, 2019

    The Dakota Winters by Tom Barbash is a 2019 Ecco publication. Melancholy, offbeat, humorous, nostalgic and quirky!! For some reason, when I added this book, I thought it was a non-fiction book about the Dakota apartments written by a real- life resident telling stories about hi...

    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...

    In 1979, Anton, the son of a late night talk show host returns from Africa to his family home at the Dakota to recover from Malaria. Prior to his stint in the Peace Corps, his depressed father detonates his career by walking off the set mid-show and travels to parts unknown to find him...

    "There are places I remember, all my life though some have changed Some forever not for better, some have gone and some remain All these places have their moments, with lovers and friends I still can recall . . ." -- John Lennon, "In My Life" (The Beatles' Rubber Soul, 1965) Tom...

    Audiobook....narrated by Jim Meskimen I absolutely loved every minute spent listening to Tom Barbash?s novel. I read his collection of short stories, ?Stay Up With Me?, years ago - and honestly thought - and still think - they were one of the best collection of short storie...

    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...

    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...

    Loved it. LOVED. IT. ...

    ?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...

    The Comeback Kids... It?s 1979, and Anton Winter has returned to his parents? home in New york after a spell with the Peace Corps in Gabon which came to an abrupt end when Anton nearly died of malaria. As he recovers, he draws closer to his father, Buddy, who is also recovering,...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    I found this one a bit underwhelming. It was fine and easily listenable but there was nothing that drew me in and sadly I don't think this book will be particularly memorable. The only section that was compelling was when the main character is on a sailboat in a huge storm. Since John ...

  • Gary
    Jan 02, 2019

    The Dakota Winters by Tom Barbash is a 2019 Ecco publication. Melancholy, offbeat, humorous, nostalgic and quirky!! For some reason, when I added this book, I thought it was a non-fiction book about the Dakota apartments written by a real- life resident telling stories about hi...

    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...

    In 1979, Anton, the son of a late night talk show host returns from Africa to his family home at the Dakota to recover from Malaria. Prior to his stint in the Peace Corps, his depressed father detonates his career by walking off the set mid-show and travels to parts unknown to find him...

    "There are places I remember, all my life though some have changed Some forever not for better, some have gone and some remain All these places have their moments, with lovers and friends I still can recall . . ." -- John Lennon, "In My Life" (The Beatles' Rubber Soul, 1965) Tom...

    Audiobook....narrated by Jim Meskimen I absolutely loved every minute spent listening to Tom Barbash?s novel. I read his collection of short stories, ?Stay Up With Me?, years ago - and honestly thought - and still think - they were one of the best collection of short storie...

    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...

    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...

    Loved it. LOVED. IT. ...

    ?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...

    The Comeback Kids... It?s 1979, and Anton Winter has returned to his parents? home in New york after a spell with the Peace Corps in Gabon which came to an abrupt end when Anton nearly died of malaria. As he recovers, he draws closer to his father, Buddy, who is also recovering,...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    I found this one a bit underwhelming. It was fine and easily listenable but there was nothing that drew me in and sadly I don't think this book will be particularly memorable. The only section that was compelling was when the main character is on a sailboat in a huge storm. Since John ...

    I really enjoyed this book. Even though I knew the ending of one of the story lines, I read along hoping it would change. I remember the heartbreak of that December and how the world felt so broken. Nice writing Mr Barbash. ...

    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

    The Dakota Winters by Tom Barbash is a 2019 Ecco publication. Melancholy, offbeat, humorous, nostalgic and quirky!! For some reason, when I added this book, I thought it was a non-fiction book about the Dakota apartments written by a real- life resident telling stories about hi...

    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...

    In 1979, Anton, the son of a late night talk show host returns from Africa to his family home at the Dakota to recover from Malaria. Prior to his stint in the Peace Corps, his depressed father detonates his career by walking off the set mid-show and travels to parts unknown to find him...

    "There are places I remember, all my life though some have changed Some forever not for better, some have gone and some remain All these places have their moments, with lovers and friends I still can recall . . ." -- John Lennon, "In My Life" (The Beatles' Rubber Soul, 1965) Tom...

    Audiobook....narrated by Jim Meskimen I absolutely loved every minute spent listening to Tom Barbash?s novel. I read his collection of short stories, ?Stay Up With Me?, years ago - and honestly thought - and still think - they were one of the best collection of short storie...

    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...

    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...

    Loved it. LOVED. IT. ...

    ?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...

    The Comeback Kids... It?s 1979, and Anton Winter has returned to his parents? home in New york after a spell with the Peace Corps in Gabon which came to an abrupt end when Anton nearly died of malaria. As he recovers, he draws closer to his father, Buddy, who is also recovering,...

    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...

    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

    The Dakota Winters by Tom Barbash is a 2019 Ecco publication. Melancholy, offbeat, humorous, nostalgic and quirky!! For some reason, when I added this book, I thought it was a non-fiction book about the Dakota apartments written by a real- life resident telling stories about hi...

    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...

    In 1979, Anton, the son of a late night talk show host returns from Africa to his family home at the Dakota to recover from Malaria. Prior to his stint in the Peace Corps, his depressed father detonates his career by walking off the set mid-show and travels to parts unknown to find him...

    "There are places I remember, all my life though some have changed Some forever not for better, some have gone and some remain All these places have their moments, with lovers and friends I still can recall . . ." -- John Lennon, "In My Life" (The Beatles' Rubber Soul, 1965) Tom...

    Audiobook....narrated by Jim Meskimen I absolutely loved every minute spent listening to Tom Barbash?s novel. I read his collection of short stories, ?Stay Up With Me?, years ago - and honestly thought - and still think - they were one of the best collection of short storie...

    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...

    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...

    Loved it. LOVED. IT. ...

    ?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...

    The Comeback Kids... It?s 1979, and Anton Winter has returned to his parents? home in New york after a spell with the Peace Corps in Gabon which came to an abrupt end when Anton nearly died of malaria. As he recovers, he draws closer to his father, Buddy, who is also recovering,...

    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...

    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...

  • Scott S.
    Mar 24, 2019

    The Dakota Winters by Tom Barbash is a 2019 Ecco publication. Melancholy, offbeat, humorous, nostalgic and quirky!! For some reason, when I added this book, I thought it was a non-fiction book about the Dakota apartments written by a real- life resident telling stories about hi...

    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...

    In 1979, Anton, the son of a late night talk show host returns from Africa to his family home at the Dakota to recover from Malaria. Prior to his stint in the Peace Corps, his depressed father detonates his career by walking off the set mid-show and travels to parts unknown to find him...

    "There are places I remember, all my life though some have changed Some forever not for better, some have gone and some remain All these places have their moments, with lovers and friends I still can recall . . ." -- John Lennon, "In My Life" (The Beatles' Rubber Soul, 1965) Tom...

  • Ethan York
    Jan 28, 2019

    The Dakota Winters by Tom Barbash is a 2019 Ecco publication. Melancholy, offbeat, humorous, nostalgic and quirky!! For some reason, when I added this book, I thought it was a non-fiction book about the Dakota apartments written by a real- life resident telling stories about hi...

    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...

    In 1979, Anton, the son of a late night talk show host returns from Africa to his family home at the Dakota to recover from Malaria. Prior to his stint in the Peace Corps, his depressed father detonates his career by walking off the set mid-show and travels to parts unknown to find him...

    "There are places I remember, all my life though some have changed Some forever not for better, some have gone and some remain All these places have their moments, with lovers and friends I still can recall . . ." -- John Lennon, "In My Life" (The Beatles' Rubber Soul, 1965) Tom...

    Audiobook....narrated by Jim Meskimen I absolutely loved every minute spent listening to Tom Barbash?s novel. I read his collection of short stories, ?Stay Up With Me?, years ago - and honestly thought - and still think - they were one of the best collection of short storie...

    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...

    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...

    Loved it. LOVED. IT. ...

    ?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...

    The Comeback Kids... It?s 1979, and Anton Winter has returned to his parents? home in New york after a spell with the Peace Corps in Gabon which came to an abrupt end when Anton nearly died of malaria. As he recovers, he draws closer to his father, Buddy, who is also recovering,...

    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...

  • Tammy
    Mar 24, 2019

    The Dakota Winters by Tom Barbash is a 2019 Ecco publication. Melancholy, offbeat, humorous, nostalgic and quirky!! For some reason, when I added this book, I thought it was a non-fiction book about the Dakota apartments written by a real- life resident telling stories about hi...

    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...

    In 1979, Anton, the son of a late night talk show host returns from Africa to his family home at the Dakota to recover from Malaria. Prior to his stint in the Peace Corps, his depressed father detonates his career by walking off the set mid-show and travels to parts unknown to find him...

  • Pablo V
    Feb 24, 2019

    The Dakota Winters by Tom Barbash is a 2019 Ecco publication. Melancholy, offbeat, humorous, nostalgic and quirky!! For some reason, when I added this book, I thought it was a non-fiction book about the Dakota apartments written by a real- life resident telling stories about hi...

    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...

    In 1979, Anton, the son of a late night talk show host returns from Africa to his family home at the Dakota to recover from Malaria. Prior to his stint in the Peace Corps, his depressed father detonates his career by walking off the set mid-show and travels to parts unknown to find him...

    "There are places I remember, all my life though some have changed Some forever not for better, some have gone and some remain All these places have their moments, with lovers and friends I still can recall . . ." -- John Lennon, "In My Life" (The Beatles' Rubber Soul, 1965) Tom...

    Audiobook....narrated by Jim Meskimen I absolutely loved every minute spent listening to Tom Barbash?s novel. I read his collection of short stories, ?Stay Up With Me?, years ago - and honestly thought - and still think - they were one of the best collection of short storie...

    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...

    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...

    Loved it. LOVED. IT. ...

    ?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...

    The Comeback Kids... It?s 1979, and Anton Winter has returned to his parents? home in New york after a spell with the Peace Corps in Gabon which came to an abrupt end when Anton nearly died of malaria. As he recovers, he draws closer to his father, Buddy, who is also recovering,...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    I found this one a bit underwhelming. It was fine and easily listenable but there was nothing that drew me in and sadly I don't think this book will be particularly memorable. The only section that was compelling was when the main character is on a sailboat in a huge storm. Since John ...

    I really enjoyed this book. Even though I knew the ending of one of the story lines, I read along hoping it would change. I remember the heartbreak of that December and how the world felt so broken. Nice writing Mr Barbash. ...

    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...

    Came for the intriguing premise, stayed for the Beatles and movie references. A book very much about the trials and tribulations of celebrity I think. ...

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