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Selena: como la flor Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 1997
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Patoski also covers the rather strange goings-on during the final months of Selena's life: her relationship to her fan club president and murderer Yolanda Salvidar; her possible infatuation with a doctor in Mexico; and the possibility that Selena may have been ready to ditch her singing career to persue her interest in selling fashion.
Of course, Selena's murder and Yolanda's trial are also dealt with in the book, but it was the events immediately preceeding her death that intrigued me the most. It's clear from "Como la Flor" that, unlike the movie, everything wasn't coming up roses for Selena near the end of her life. Although Patoski gives a balanced portrayal of Selena's father, Abraham Quintanilla Jr., it's pretty clear that Mr. Quintanilla figuratively sacrificed his daughter to fuel his own stiffled musical ambitions.
As other reviewers have already mentioned, Mr. Patowski has done an excellent job of researching the slain singer's life. There are comments from many past associates of Selena in the book, and raises interesting questions of what directions Ms. Quintanilla's life may have taken if she hadn't died.
If your only source of information about Selena is the Jennifer Lopez film, you owe it to yourself to read "Como la Flor," because this book is far more interesting. (In case you're wondering, I think JLo doesn't hold a candle to Selena in terms of singing!)
this book is no biography, as the writer didn't reference or consult with any apparent family members.
As their teacher, I have found it to be an interesting exposition of Latino and music culture in the U.S.
It is about much more than just a singer. It is an educational, fascinating read.
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This is an excellent biography of Selena. I couldn't put it down and as a huge fan of Selena it was the perfect story. Read morePublished 3 months ago by margarita dejesus
This is a tribute to a great star. It is a shame that the only version of what happened that sad day is from the woman who murdered her. Who knows if a word of it is true. Read morePublished on July 31, 2013 by Kindle Customer
Not only does this give a thorough history on Tejano music but it provided a lot of information about Selena's life, death and the trial. Read morePublished on May 20, 2013 by Christina
I HAVE THIS BOOK AND I LUV IT AND IF YOU ARE A SELENA FAN THEN YOU SHOULD BUY THIS BOOK BECAUSE YOU WILL LOVE IT LIKE I DO AND THERE IS A LOT OF PICTURES OF HER IN THE BOOK I... Read morePublished on December 16, 2012 by chicagop.d16
I must say that I had never heard of Selena till I saw her tv movie. Then I was interested and even saw the tv movie a couple of other times. When I was surfing amazon. Read morePublished on September 5, 2012 by Carol S
Overall, I would recommend this book to read because of all the books out there, it probably gives us the closest description of who Selena was as a person in contrast of who she... Read morePublished on April 10, 2010 by ADONIJAH
Here is an excerpt from this book on page 224:
So, evidently, was twelve-year-old Jennifer Pena. Read more