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To Selena, with Love

To Selena, with Love

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by Chris Perez
     
 

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One of the most compelling and adored superstars in Latin music history, Selena was nothing short of a phenomenon who shared all of herself with her millions of devoted fans. Her tragic murder, at the young age of twenty-three, stripped the world of her talent and boundless potential, her tightly knit family of their beloved angel, and her husband, Chris Perez, of

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One of the most compelling and adored superstars in Latin music history, Selena was nothing short of a phenomenon who shared all of herself with her millions of devoted fans. Her tragic murder, at the young age of twenty-three, stripped the world of her talent and boundless potential, her tightly knit family of their beloved angel, and her husband, Chris Perez, of the greatest love he had ever known.

For over a decade, Chris held on to the only personal thing he had left from his late wife: the touching and sometimes painful memories of their very private bond. Now, for the first time, Chris opens up about their unbreakable friendship, forbidden relationship, and blossoming marriage, which were cut short by Selena’s unforgivable death.

Chris’s powerful story gives a rare glimpse into Selena’s sincerity and vulnerability when falling in love, strength and conviction when fighting for that love, and absolute resilience when finding peace and normalcy with her family’s acceptance of the only man she called her husband. While showcasing a side of Selena that has never been disclosed before and clarifying certain misconceptions about her life and death, To Selena, with Love is an everlasting love story that immortalizes the heart and soul of an extraordinary, unforgettable, and irreplaceable icon.

Includes exclusive photos.

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The widower of murdered pop star Selena reveals poignant details of their short time together as a couple. In the early 1990s, Selena Quintanilla shook up the world of Tejano, a hybrid of Mexican and American music, by fronting an energetic young band that included guitarist Chris Perez. Initially more interested in Selena's strong voice and the band's innovative take on tradition than in romance, Perez soon found himself falling head over heels for Selena. Perez portrays his girlfriend and eventual wife--they eloped in 1992 after growing weary of concealing their relationship from Selena's overly protective father--as a spirited daredevil with a heart of gold. She was an animal lover, motorcycle enthusiast and emerging fashion designer whose religious beliefs grounded her within the chaotic music industry. Unfortunately, Selena's trusting nature led her to welcome a dangerous woman, Yolanda Saldivar, into her inner circle. As Selena's fan-club president and personal assistant, Saldivar soon proved to be unstable, manipulative and larcenous. Perez calls her a "cancer," an epithet that would turn out to be tragically apt when Saldivar killed Selena in 1995, shooting her in the back and causing internal bleeding. Recounting the day that Selena died as well as the ensuing funeral, Perez captures these events in heartbreaking detail. At one point, he writes, he wanted nothing more than to crawl into the coffin with her and pull down the lid. Given Perez's easygoing, confidential tone throughout the book, this image carries an emotional weight that it would not have had coming from a melodramatic storyteller. The ending of the book feels somewhat rushed, though, as Perez duly notes his descent into depression and substance abuse, his rebound and his eventual remarriage and fatherhood. A straightforward but mostly moving valentine to young love that will appeal to romantics and fans of Latin music.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451414045
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/06/2012
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
73,272
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

CHRIS PEREZ is a Grammy-winning recording artist and leader of the Chris Perez Band. Prior to that, he was the lead guitarist for his wife’s band, Selena y Los Dinos. He lives in San Antonio, Texas.

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