Building Becket

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“A charming and moving memoir of how a family of “flatlanders” from the suburbs of Westchester County, New York, learned through trial and error how to build a weekend and summer house in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts with their own hands. Together, the Rosners—Jon, Lydia, and their three children—created something far greater than a house. Together, but also with the help of a wonderful cast of Becket friends and neighbors, they created Home. Their adventures building “the house that would become the anchor for our family for generations to come” are a tribute to the warmth and wonders of devotion to family, friendship, and community.”

—Eli Faber, Professor Emeritus of History, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

About the Author

Lydia Rosner, a flatlander (from New York City) was introduced to Becket by her husband Jonathan. Together with their children they built a house, literally by hand, made a home and became part of a community and its history. This is the story of that experience. She is a Trustee of the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield and a counter sitter at the Becket General Store. Lydia Rosner is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at John Jay College, City University of New York and the author of The Soviet Way of Crime: Beating the System in the Soviet Union and the United States, and The Russian Writer’s Daughter: Stories of Growing Up American.

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