Small, Broke, and Kind of Dirty

Affirmations for the Real World

Description

Small, Broke, and Kind of Dirty—built around art from Shafi’s popular online affirmation series—focuses on our never-ending journey of self-discovery. It explores the ways in which the world can all too often wear us down, and reminds us to remember our worth, even when it’s hard to do so. Drawing on her experience as a millennial woman of colour, and writing with humour and a healthy dose of irreverence, she delves into body politics, pop culture, racism, feminism, and friendship.

Reviews

"[T]he book reads like a millenial manifesto on how to understand, navigate and be in the world—and I felt right at home." —Geist Magazine

"Small, Broke and Kind of Dirty: Affirmations for the Real World exposes the notion that multiple truths can exist simultaneously as a reflection of our multifaceted humanity. Shafi’s loving affirmations alongside her storytelling and visual art make for the perfect rainy day read with a cup of chai."  —Hamilton Review of Books

"[Shafi’s] real, radical vulnerability and acceptance carries its power from the beginning of the book through to the finish." —Shrapnel Magazine

“I can’t say enough about Hana Shafi’s latest book, Small, Broke, and Kind of Dirty. It is a treasure of a book; the balm for a tumultuous year.” —The Miramichi Reader

"This book is compelling because it seeks to provide readers with a little bit of joy while acknowledging that the world is still real and often hard to deal with. Shafi never focuses these affirmations on toxic positivity, instead choosing to root them in resilience. Reading this book is like trying to make sense of your place in the world through a conversation with a very supportive friend." —The Peak

"Small, Broke, and Kind of Dirty is paramount in value. Narratives like Shafi’s are ones I wished I had at a younger age, but am ever grateful for now… This is why the stories of marginalized voices hold the utmost importance. Not only does the author deserve to take up space but also the impact it has on other marginalized people reading these narratives is monumental. Thank you, Hana Shafi, for being our Dolly Parton—in the way you know in your heart that she will accept you wholeheartedly, thank you for the belief that you will accept us as we are, too." —Canthius

"Shafi writes as if she is sitting down with you for a coffee to tell you her life story." —Broken Pencil Magazine

"Hana Shafi writes important, intelligent, and honest essays that encourage understanding, essential thinking, create dialogue, and are a channel for tenderness. In fact, Small, Broke, and Kind of Dirty might just change the world! Reading this book not only makes us feel more hopeful, it might just make us smarter, too." —Bif Naked, Singer and songwriter

"If a summer feel-good movie was a collection of sweet affirmations, this would be it. Touching, honest, and everything I wish I had read growing up as an awkward kid. If you’ve ever wanted to experience the women's ritual of being affirmed in a public restroom, this is your book." —Anasimone George, Comedian

"Hana revisits her wildly popular and comforting affirmations, stretching them out into tender coming-of-age stories and pointed social reflections. With her brash wit and honesty on display, this is the book that Frizz Kid / Hana Shafi fans (and new fans) have been waiting for." —Vivek Shraya, author of The Subtweet and I'm Afraid of Men