Selena's Secret: The Revealing Story Behind Her Tragic Death

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There is no doubt that Yolanda Saldivar pulled the trigger and killed the beloved Tejano superstar Selena Quintanilla Perez. But does any of us know what really happened in Room 158 of the Days Inn, moments before Yolanda fired the gun that took Selena's life? Maria Celeste Arraras has many answers - and her unrivaled coverage of the murder, the trial, and the aftermath for Univision's Primer Impacto have made her the undisputed expert on the Selena case. Now Arraras shares first-hand details and facts about the ...
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Overview

There is no doubt that Yolanda Saldivar pulled the trigger and killed the beloved Tejano superstar Selena Quintanilla Perez. But does any of us know what really happened in Room 158 of the Days Inn, moments before Yolanda fired the gun that took Selena's life? Maria Celeste Arraras has many answers - and her unrivaled coverage of the murder, the trial, and the aftermath for Univision's Primer Impacto have made her the undisputed expert on the Selena case. Now Arraras shares first-hand details and facts about the crime and the people involved - including never-before-published details of her headline-making jailhouse interview with Yolanda, who repeatedly spoke of "Selena's secret" - a powerful hidden piece of information that she refused to divulge in the courtroom but revealed to Arraras at length. Many questions were raised - and not all were answered until now. Why was there a suitcase filled with Selena's clothes at the murder scene? What was the significance of the jeweled ring, adorned with the initial "S," that fell from Selena's bloody fist? Who was the doctor from Monterrey who called himself Selena's confidant and business advisor? And what will become of Selena's secret diary that Yolanda claims to possess? Filled with original reporting, Selena's Secret fits together the pieces of this puzzle so that, finally, a clear picture of what really happened on that rainy day in March emerges. It's also an intimate portrait of the lives of those people who were most affected by Selena's murder.

Written by a popular Spanish-language TV personality who is also an acknowledged expert on Selena, this definitive book reveals new details about the life and death of the Tejano superstar, and includes never-before-released information surrounding convicted murder Yolanda Saldivar. 16 pp. of photos. 256 pp. 5-city author tour. National print ads. 50,000 print.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The murder of 23-year-old Selena Quintanilla Perez at a motel in Corpus Christi, Texas, in 1995 was a seismic shock to the Hispanic community in the U.S. and to Mexicans, for she was the most popular Tejano (Tex-Mex) singer, who had won a Grammy and whose records had earned $50 million by 1994. Accused of the shooting was Yolanda Saldivar, the founder of the Selena fan club, a confidante and business associate of the singer who was branching out into the fashion boutique world. Arrars, the anchor of Univision TV's Primer Impacto, won the confidence of both Selena's and Yolanda's families, thereby obtaining many news-making interviews, chief among them a prison talk with Yolanda after she was found guilty and sentenced to life. Throughout the trial and afterward, Yolanda made reference to a "secret" that would explain everything and supposedly exonerate her, or at least justify her action. She never revealed it, and Arrars claims that it can be discovered by reading between the lines of her book. To those not trained in that skill, it appears that there was in fact no secret, so the book's promised revelation is much ado about nothing. But the author does excel at self-aggrandizement presented in a flat, journalistic style. (Mar.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780684831930
  • Publisher: Atria Books
  • Publication date: 3/28/1997
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 497,955
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Mar?a Celeste Arrar?s is the host and managing editor of "Al Rojo Vivo con Mar?a Celeste" (Red Hot Live with Maria Celeste), produced by Telemundo/NBC. She is also a guest host for NBC's Today show and has collaborated with Dateline and NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. This Emmy award winner is also the bestselling author of Selena's Secret and The Magic Cane. She has been featured on the cover of People en Espa?ol more times than any other celebrity and was selected by Newsweek magazine to appear on the cover of its “20 Most Powerful Women of the Next Generation" issue.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2003

    WHAT SECRET?

    WHEN I SAW THIS BOOK I THOUGHT I HAD TO READ IT. SO I BOUGHT IT THINKING THERE WAS A SECRET. I COULD'NT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN I WANTED TO FINISH IT FAST. WHEN I GOT TO THE END I THOUGHT WHAT A HORRIBLE WAY TO SELL A BOOK. LIE. NO THERE IS NO SECRET. I THINK THE AUTHOR JUST WANTED TO MAKE SOME MONEY OFF OF SELENA'S DEATH. SHE SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THE BOOK. SHE COULD OF BASED THE BOOK ON SOMETHING OTHER THAN A SECRET. SHE PROMISED NOT TO TELL YOLANDA'S SECRET. WHY WOULD SHE PROTECT A MURDERER? I SURE WOULD NOT. I THINK SHE OWES SELENA'S FANS THE SECRET. WHO CARES ABOUT YOLANDA.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2002

    Would not recommend

    The title of the book alone is very deceptive because there is no secret revealed. She should have named it, 'I have a secret that a very disturbed person gave me about Selena but I'm not going to tell you.' In her book she covers SOME of her interview with Yolanda, and it is clear this is a very sick and manipulative individual. With that in mind is there any secret Yolanda could have that would be credible anyway, even if it were revealed? I would say no, and that Yolanda's defense team would have dragged out of her if they thought it would have given them any chance. However, I don't agree with another reviewer that this book drags Selena's name or that of her family through the mud. I think this book was written for two purposes. One to make money with a deceptive title and two as PR for Maria's career as a broadcast journalist. If you read her book you'll understand why I say, 'don't quit your day job Maria.' It was just not that well written, however, she did convince me that she is probably a really good reporter.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2013

    18 years after this book was published everything it revealed ha

    18 years after this book was published everything it revealed has been confirmed! Should become a Motion Picture.

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  • Posted September 20, 2012

    Here is my story on Selena: No matter what she did and how she d

    Here is my story on Selena: No matter what she did and how she did it. Its no one business but her. Still and all that horrible person Yolanda Saldivar didn't have the right to shoot her. Yolanda was stealing money and clothes and her records from her and here fans. Yolanda got caught in her act, and when Selena came to front her about it and probably told Yolanda that she was going to report this to the polices. Yolanda had gotten scare because of her other employers with a bad reputations and if Selena had went to the police and everything would had came out about Yolanda, and Yolanda knew this, to shut Selena up she shoot her in the back and ran after her with the gun calling her a B word. God forbidden me to say.. But I can say this Yolanda Saldivar hoping you riot in hell or jail. Hoping for your shake that you won't never come out. Some one out there is waiting for you to make sure that you already have live by the sword, now you will die by the sword. God bless, not God bless you, God bless your soul it will need it.

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  • Posted August 3, 2009

    the real truth behind selena's death Yeah Right!

    how can any selena fan read this garbage she said the gun went off selena was Living chris and hrunning off with another man. garbage from a piece of filth named yolanda

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2006

    this book is great because

    this book is great beacause it tells alot of information and it answers alot of questions.its amazing because it tells you about her life and how she was.and she really was my great fan too. who cares about yolanda.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2005

    Very Good Book, Very Informing! SELENA VIVE!

    I really thought that this book was really good. It had really good details on the tragic death of Selena. It was very interesting to add. I couldn't put it down! It was also very, very sad with the details given by Selena's family.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2005

    It gave alot of answers that i wanted to know

    I actually liked this book. I really liked the movie and i thought it would be cool to follow up on her life. I read this book and it answered alot of my questions that i wanted to know. I would most definitely recommend this book to anyone with a liking for selena.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2005

    no secret at all

    Porfavor i bought the book and also got it signed by Maria Celeste Arraras in Puerto Rico,its true it does not reveal a secret but at that time,it was next to the best thing, it told enough and also she did her best to try and find some kind of information,for us to know..now that we know it all,for some people its not all that great but at the biggining it was the big thing..theres no secret,sometimes things just happends..que descance en paz Selena we love you..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2003

    I Need Advice

    i have to do a biography for school,so i decided to read something on selena. i havent read this book,but it sounded interesting until i read some people's reviews. should i go out and buy the book? or should i find a different one? if you have any suggestions,please send me an e-mail. thanks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2002

    Very Ashamed

    I thought that this book was very well written and a great biography. I am, however, very ashamed with the reviews from two of the people who are listed on this same page. If you have nothing nice to say, don't say it at all!! Anyways, the book wasn't disrespectful to Selena, I am one of her biggest fans, and this book was a great way to learn about her murder.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2000

    Great footage !

    I think this book is more of a case footage and biography type than what the title really implies. 'Selena's Secret' is a good coverage of the reporter who took us to the scene with the detailed information in her book. I think alot of the reviews here are in a way unfair. It takes alot of effort and hard work in coming up with a book this good. I personally give Maria Celeste 5 thumbs up ! If you are expecting to get a secret out of this book, do not buy it. In the other had, if you expect to get all the information about the death of this star, this is the book to buy !

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2000

    Not for me.

    I was so disappointed with this book. I thought I would find more info on Selena. I dont like this book at all. But not every one is the same. This book might interest you. All Im saying is, Its your money.

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    Posted August 16, 2010

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