I chose a book set in India for this goal, spanning several decades. The book itself was not a five-star plot for me, but it was still perfect for this goal. The descriptions of fashion, food, plants, and scenery were all very lush and gorgeous, and there was a huge glossary of words. A very welcome transport especially during the tail end of winter.
This book had been recommended to me by a few people, and I'd seen it lying on the bookshelf at work. Finally one day when work was slow, I picked it up. I'm so glad I did. It was an eye-opening and memorable read from start to finish, shocking in some places and poignantly funny in others. I will definitely be reading more from this author in the future.