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Chris Perez, husband of slain Tejana icon Selena, tells of romance, suffering

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Whatever negative comments Perez makes of his former father-in-law have been made before, and anyone who knows Quintanilla know it isn't easy to win his trust. But Perez ends the book in a respectful, conciliatory note, and includes the whole Quintanilla family (Abraham first) in the "Special Thanks" section of the book.

The book is easy to read and includes background info on Perez's own creative life: his love for rock, his controversial 1999 Grammy win for Best Latin Rock/Alternative Performance ("I knew [Café Tacuba's Revés/Yosoy] deserved the award"), and, mostly, his amazing love story with Selena. It is an entertaining account of the life of a legend, but also the ultimate source of information on the low-key Perez, who — as a solo artist and playing alongside his former brother-in-law A.B. Quintanilla in the Kumbia Kingz and the Kumbia All Starz — achieved considerable success in his own career post-Selena and now finally sounds ready to leave the past behind. •

To Selena, With Love

Chris Pérez
Celebra Books
$24.95, 294 pages

 

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