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Me & Issy
A Four Seasons Romance
By (author): Rosalie Wise Sharp
Rosalie Wise Sharp


ECW Press - Toronto



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Form detail:

Laminated cover
Hardcover , Laminated cover


General Trade
Sep 06, 2022
$40.00 CAD


8.75in x 6.5 x 0.88 in | 1.58 lb

Page Count:

280 pages


20 20 illustrations, colour , 83 83 photographs, black and white , 4 4 illustrations, black and white
ECW Press
Biography: business and industry|Memoirs|Hospitality, sports, leisure and tourism industries
  • Short Description
The love story of Rosalie and Issy Sharp: love, loss, business, and family.

The rags to riches tale of a larger-than-life romance of over seven decades

Me & Issy is a love story about how a troubled and deprived child grew up and chanced to meet a man who worshipped her, brought her a fantasy life of four boys and extraordinary opulence — and banished her self-doubt. She in her turn was awestruck and mystified by his acumen and daring during his founding of the Four Seasons Hotels.

Beginning with her childhood in North Toronto, in a very Jewish home surrounded by non-Jews, Rosalie enchants us with anecdotes about her family, Isadore Sharp’s family, and the growth of their own in the light of the expanding Four Seasons chain. How did she go to the Ontario College of Art & Design while simultaneously raising four rambunctious boys? How did Issy open hotel after hotel with only his collateral of confidence and charisma? Rosalie is a rapt follower of his astonishing success and the first fan of his legendary town hall talks to 40,000 employees.

And with success came tragedy. The devastating death of their son Chris shook them, but they coped. Here, all of Rosalie’s life is opened up for viewing, the good and the bad, the success and the failures, but especially her inspired romance with Issy. In the words of their second eldest son, Greg, “Their mutual love and respect growing stronger over the past 69 years is as extraordinary as it is beautiful.”

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  • A FAMILY BUSINESS: Isadore (Issy) Sharp founded the Four Seasons empire as a world-class hotel chain, now with more than 118 properties in 47 countries, all while balancing a full family life. This touching story of a life is told through the eyes of his beloved wife and partner, Rosalie Sharp.

  • AN IMPROBABLE LIFE: Rosalie Sharp was born and raised in North Toronto, to Jewish-Polish immigrant parents who only spoke Yiddish at home. She met and married her soulmate, Isadore, in high school, and their lives together were not without trial as Isadore launched his hotel dream.

  • LOSS AND GRIEF: Rosalie and Issy suffered great loss in the death of their son Christopher to melanoma in 1978. His death partly inspired the Sharps’ philanthropic efforts for cancer research: Issy Sharp is the founder and emeritus chair of the Terry Fox Run. He also offered Fox rest along his marathon route at the Four Seasons hotels, and when Fox was frustrated that he wasn’t getting much support, Issy pledged $2 a mile and convinced 1,000 other corporations to do the same. Rosalie’s royalties from this book will be donated to the Terry Fox Foundation.


  • Hoteliers and those in the hospitality industry

  • Readers of Canadian memoirs and books about modern Canadian history

  • Members of the Toronto Jewish community

Rosalie Wise Sharp was born and raised in North Toronto, where she currently lives. Rosalie is an interior designer, writer, painter, and mother. She is the editor of Growing Up Jewish and the author of Rifke; Ceramics, Ethics & Scandal; and China to Light Up a House. Her website RosalieWiseSharp.com, showing 225 of her paintings, was created by Greg Sharp.

“Behind every successful man, there is a … ? In her case, Rosalie Sharp has always stood right next to her legendary husband. Giving us a portrait of both symbiosis and substance, it is all here: love, loss, and hospitality.” — Shinan Govani, Toronto Star columnist

“Yes, I had always heard stories about Isadore Sharp, the founder of the Four Seasons Hotel chain. However, I knew nothing about his backstory. His wife Rosalie left no stone unturned in her magnificent memoir.” — The Jewish Standard

Me & Issy: A Four Seasons Romance is quite simply an inspiring and enjoyable memoir. Leaving no stone unturned, the author Rosalie Wise Sharp is honest and forthright in laying out her life to the world. Readers will appreciate the conversational style and will immediately feel at home with the author, as if they were sipping tea from her beautiful china, sharing secrets of her love life.” — The Miramichi Reader

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